Monday, July 15, 2013

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Universe Versus Alex Woods
Release Date: June 25th, 2013
Publisher: Redhook; An Imprint of Hachette
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 416 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood.
 But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.
So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing ... Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world. 

“If you had to relive your life exactly as it was – same successes and failures, same happiness, same miseries, same mixture of comedy and tragedy – would you want to? Was it worth it?”  

Have you ever read a book that you've heard so many wonderful things about, but deep inside of you there is a twinge a fear; "What if I don't like it?", "What if I don't understand what makes the book so great?". You can't help feeling those things. What if one person(or hundreds!) loved it, and you would be that one that didn't. That is how I felt when I picked up The Universe Versus Alex Woods. I have heard wondrous things about this novel, and was worried that it might have been over-hyped...That WAS NOT the case!

Upon finishing this novel, I wanted to flip to the very beginning and experience it all over again. Aside from this book being wildly entertaining featuring a series of unusual events and quick witted humour; Nestled inside all of that is a beautiful story about friendship, a tale about 2 completely different people and personalities coming together.

Alex was such a remarkable character. He had me laughing out loud throughout the entire novel. I love how the author developed his character, and how he had Alex deliver the story telling. Instead of it feeling like I was reading a fictional novel, it felt as if Alex was sitting right next to me, sharing this remarkable story. Well done Gavin Extence!

I think the story was told at a perfect pace. Everything unfolded in such a way that it really blossomed. You couldn't help but feel every emotional, laugh when something was funny and cry when the emotions got the best of you.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods was truly a lovely story. A coming of age of sorts. Gavin Extences' debut novel was nothing short of amazing!

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