I really didn’t know what to expect with this book. As someone who judges books by their covers, I’ll say that the cover art set my expectations fairly low. But I was intrigued by the mixture of novel and illustrations. At exactly 230 pages I FLEW through this book. Between the pacing, illustrations, quick-read story, and short chapters, I think I read it in under 48 hours.
I loved Junior, the main character. He was the epitome of underdog. And his outlook on things, beautiful. Despite all the shit, he ended up hopeful. The luxury that it might be, it was nice to read a book for a change that left you feeling hopeful. Sometimes I feel like a lot of the fiction out there is the dark and scary type. And with the state of the world as it is I don’t feel like I need to spend all of my reading time further depressed.
I can’t say I’d recommend this book to my peers (30 somethings) as a must read… it’s not tremendously relatable at this age. But given the right age I think it’s a great recommendation. I keep a “shelf” on my Goodreads of books I think my girls should read some day, and this is definitely one to add to the list. Despite some tough subject matter, I think the message is a good one. This is a book I would have really enjoyed as a younger adult. And Junior is too likeable to be missed. If you’re looking for a good read for this Junior High / High School age group, this is the one!