Book Title: Hair In All The Wrong Places
Series: hmm maybe … hope so!
Author: Andrew Buckley
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Star Rating: – Really good book. HIGHLY recommended!!
Disclaimer: I received this free book in exchange for an un-biased review.
Oh that title! You feel like you know just what you’re getting when you see it. A funny, tongue-in-cheek middle school book about werewolves. Puberty and monsters, in one silly package. I’m no stranger to this type of thing. I’ve got an 8 year old girl and a 15 year old boy. I’ve seen the Wimpy Kid books, watched the movies. Game night at our house is hilarious but at some point during the night I know I will plead, “Guys, no more fart jokes! Please!” I expected no more from this book. I looked forward to a fun read, but my eyes were ready to start rolling. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This book was delightful. It was still a ton of fun, don’t get me wrong. The main character, a young man who suddenly finds himself turning into a werewolf, is a mess of insecurity and growing pains. His attempts to charm the young woman he likes, while trying to deal with his personal changes are humorous. The character has a great sense of humor and is clever, though he’d never realize it about himself, but there is a sad history to him as well. Abandoned by his parents, he is isolated and lonely. The book has serious moments of peril and pathos. The scene where he is first bitten by the werewolf (I don’t feel like that’s a spoiler, we all know where werewolves come from), is harrowing. However, the book is nicely balanced, and the story moves along smoothly to its conclusion. It never gets too scary or too sad before it rights itself with some well-timed humor. The author’s experience with screenwriting shines here.
The atmosphere was also excellent, lending a sense of tension and apprehension to the scenes. I also liked the little details of how the physical changes affected the main character, his exaggerated sense of smell in particular being a nice touch. What I found most fascinating was the older werewolf we encounter. The glimpses we get of werewolf history and even the morality and ethics of monsters. Love it!
All in all, it was a fascinating, exciting and humorous read. I’m going to buy a copy for my son. I know he will enjoy it as I did. The author hints at the possibility of future books set in this world and I look forward to it. If you’d like a fun read, it’s well worth your time.
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