- me: *owns 264 unread books*
- me: *buys 17 new books*
- me: *rereads harry potter*
Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He’s also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn’t remember how he got there. He’s not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive - well, what’s up with that?
Genre: Young adult, Contemporary
My Thoughts: After I finished reading Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe earlier this year, I was in awe. I loved the simplicity and beauty of the writing style and the eloquence with which characters were portrayed. So I searched for other books written by Benjamin Alire Saenz and the one that appealed to me the most was Last Night I Sang To The Monster. I knew I had to read it therefore I requested Cinco Puntos Press to send me a copy for reviewing purposes. They were kind enough to send me one for which I’m very grateful because this book is a wonderful read.
How do I begin describing this book? Does the blurb do it justice? Maybe so but the book itself is even better.
It starts with Zach relating his experiences in rehab. He doesn’t like rehab much and he doesn’t like remembering things. He doesn’t want to remember what led him to rehab. He admits to drinking but thats about it. Maybe that sounds like a clichéd story but when you read it, you delve so deep into it because of its originality and beautiful writing all such qualms you might’ve had at first vanish.
Zach’s problems and my problems are very different. In fact, they’re not at all alike. But even then, while reading certain passages (and when I say certain passages, I mean most of the book) I could relate to the things he was saying, the pessimism he poured, the questions he asked, and the general sense of helplessness and passivity he displays. Saenz works magic with his characters. After reading two of his books, I’m still at a loss to understand how he creates such powerful and real characters.
The side characters are given just as much importance. The friendships and trust that blooms between Rafael and Zach and Adam and Zach were wonderfully depicted. The character development in this book is truly remarkable. Its not sudden, it takes its time and yet its there and its carried out in a perfect way, a way that fills you with hope and wonder.
While I’m a fan of the author’s writing style (what with snarky humour and heartfelt paragraphs and sad monologues.. You gotta love Saenz’s writing) and the general format of this book what I found to be annoying was Zach’s excessive use of certain sentences: “That stuns the hell out of me” , “That really wigs me out” , “I have it in my heart that..” and a few other sentences like that. And to be honest, that really wigged me out. Yes, there are certain phrases/words exclusive to a person that they say a lot but reading the same thing in a book is tiring. I have it in my heart that Saenz did that on purpose to stun the hell out of readers.
Verdict: Sometimes some books just grow on you. You become part of the story. This is one of those books. Pray, if you haven’t already, read this book.
YOU CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT SOMEONE BY THE TYPE OF MUSIC THEY LISTEN TO. HIT SHUFFLE ON YOUR IPOD, PHONE, ITUNES, MEDIA PLAYER ETC AND WRITE DOWN THE FIRST 20 SONGS. THEN PASS THIS ON TO 10 PEOPLE. ONE RULE: NO SKIPPING.
I was tagged by yanlogic (Thank you so much, Jessie!)
- Take it all away - Owlcity
- O - Coldplay
- Lucky - Colbie Caillat ft Jason Mraz
- If you could read my mind - Gordon Lightfoot
- Boston - Augustana
- Little bird - Ed Sheeran
- The long and winding road - Beatles
- Screw California - Rogue Wave
- Falling slowly - Once
- Asleep - Smiths
- Leave out all the rest - Linkin Park
- I will wait - Mumford and sons
- That home (extended version) - Cinematic Orchestra
- Paranoid eyes - Pink Floyd
- Best day of my life - American Authors
- Let love in - Goo Goo Dolls
- Secret - Pretty little liars theme
- Apologize - Timbaland ft One Republic
- Us against the world - Coldplay
- Stay with me - Sam Smith