Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

A Really Awesome Mess
Release Date: July 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Egmont USA
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 288 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Trish Cook | Brendan Halpin
Buy the Book:  Amazon CA | Amazon

A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves. 
Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.
Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog-- and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.
Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.

A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for.

The title, the cover and the synopsis of this novel does not even begin to do this book justice. I was not expecting anything too special when I began this book. I was expecting a pretty generic story with some witty moments...I was completely wrong! This book is a really awesome mess in amazingly epic proportions! I didn't not expect that I would ending up loving this novel as much as I did.

The character cast is unlike any other. Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin crafted such an eclectic group of people that I can guarantee you, you have not come across a cluster of characters quite like the ones at Heartland Academy. They coloured the book with so much laugh out loud moments, that you just couldn't help but fall in love with them all...even when they were being complete jerks! They also provided lots of heart in the novel. Under all of their tough exteriors, their crippling problems and all that teen angst, there was so much heart and soul bursting at the seems. The emotions jumped off the pages and crept into your very own heart. Without knowing it, these characters meddled their way into your heart, and you could not help but fall in love with them!

This is a very character based novel. There is not really one main storyline. Each character has a story to tell and they are all woven together to create the heart of the novel. Character development is key, and the authors nailed it! Each story was introduced and told at a wonderful pace.

If you loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Breakfast Club, then you should immediately add A Really Awesome Mess to your summer reading pile! You won't regret it!

*Please note the overuse of the word heart in this review. Heart is exactly what this book is bursting with!*

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  1. This sounds really interesting, I love character driven novels. The characters sound like ones I would love to follow and see how they get through this mess of a life they each have. I hadn't heard of this one before, so thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  2. I just reviewed this one and loved it as well. I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Definitely agree about it being character driven, the marvelous cast was my favorite part. Great review!

    -Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

  3. I loved the group scenes so much-fairly dysfunctional people but they could all work together for some not so appropriate reasons-haha! So many funny moments!

  4. I just started reviewing with NetGalley! (It’s so cool.) I finished A Really Awesome Mess and was googling more about it and I found your blog. Very cool. I totally agree with remember all the kids names. The book felt shallow somehow, but the characters were some of the best I’ve read for a while. Big thumbs up for them. :)


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