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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Way To Go by Tom Ryan & A Giveaway

Way To Go
by Tom Ryan
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pages:  224
Source:  ARC from Tom Ryan via Goodreads First Reads
Available as of April 1, 2012
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Kierce has a rule for everything, not to mention his whole future planned out. Jay has bad grades, no plans, and could care less. As for Danny, he’s stuck somewhere in the middle and can’t stop stressing out about it. His dad keeps nagging him about his post-high school plans, his friends won’t stop bugging him about girls, and a run-in with the cops means he has to to get a summer job – about the last thing he had planned. Worst of all, the secret he’s been keeping for years is threatening to spill out into the open.

Just when he’s beginning to wonder how he’ll get through the summer, let alone survive another year in Deep Cove, Danny meets Lisa Walsh. Lisa is dynamic, beautiful, and different from any girl he’s ever known. She’s also from New York City, which is about as far from Deep Cove as the dark side of the moon. For the first time in a while, things begin to look like they might turn out all right after all – that is, if friends, family, and reality don’t get in the way.


My Review:
I was intrigued after reading the summary, but it doesn't do the book justice. From page one I was swept into Danny's world.  Tom Ryan wrote a book that I will read over and over again.

Danny has just finished his junior year of high school and he isn't sure who he really is or what he wants to do with his life.  It takes getting busted by the cops and forced into a summer job he didn't really want to push him to figure it out. He ignores his two best friends, Kierce and Jay, for the first few weeks of summer because of a girl, Lisa.  She is energetic, beautiful, and easy going.  With his reluctance, she gets him to dance, let loose, and have a little fun, something Danny doesn't do well on his own.  Kierce is pushy and thinks the world of himself. Jay is the friend everyone needs.  He is relaxed, easy to get along with, and accepting.  

What I loved most about this book was Danny's little sister Alma.  She is thirteen, loves classic movies, and she attempts to lighten the mood when things get tense.  I found myself laughing throughout the book whenever she would make a reference to a movie. Another thing I liked was Kierce's rules.  The book is littered with them.  I would find myself rereading the rules because they were either true for most people I know or they were so ridiculous that I thought maybe I should add this to my list.  For instance, "Rule Two:  If you want to get rich, you've got to do well in school.  Study as hard as you party."  If you know where I go to college, then you know I attend the #1 party school in the US.  This rule applies to everyone on campus.

Overall, this book was phenomenal and I recommend it to everyone.  It was amazing and held some life lessons that not every one achieves.  Acceptance being the number one lesson on that list.  

Because I loved this book so much I am going to order one lucky winner a copy of Way To Go.
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This book satisfies one of my books for the 2012 Completely Contemp Challenge, one of my minimum 12 books for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, and one of my YA Contemporary Challenge books.


Evie said...

Fabulous review my darling!!!! <3 You did a wonderful job describing everything you loved about this book and you got me super excited for it! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us, loved reading them! Don't you just love books that make you feel and think? This one sounds really awesome!

The rule I follow? I guess: be positive and nice to people NO MATTER WHAT! I believe that if you send positive things into the world, the world will reward you by sending positive things back! :) (you and your giveaway-winning spree would be the best example of that! *wink wink*)

HUGS!!! <3

Doodle said...

Awe! Thanks Evie!! <3 I loved this book and I took a lot from it. It was written so well and I give Tom Ryan props for his amazing debut novel. He actually DM me on Twitter last night thanking me for a "glowing" first review of his novel. I was smiling all night..I'm still smiling.

OMG!! I'm emailing you now about that winning spree. You will die!

Hugs back!! <3

Michelle Chew said...

Your review captures me. I want to read the book so badly now. It seems kind of like an educational reads to me with all the rules.

As for the rules, I only have one: Be happy. (Yes, I'm pretty simple. :D) And maybe add another: Go for whatever you want. :) That's about all.

Doodle said...

It kind of is educational. Being yourself, accepting others, realizing you only have one life to live and to do what makes you happy were big lessons that were taught throughout the book. It was an amazing read and I plan on buying a few copies for myself so I can randomly hand them out to some of my friends.

Anubha said...

Awesome review.. I am definately gonna read this one :)

My rule: keeps on changing when life teaches new lessons... But one that is constant is be happy keep smiling who knows your smile can make someones sad n dull day happy and love all... :)

Thanks for the giveaway.

Doodle said...

Thank you and good luck!

Alaina said...

My Rule: Try not to judge people. I believe our actions explain who we are as a person, not our appearances.

books4me said...

No one else can make you happy except for you!

Disincentive said...

"Don't be sorry for telling truth". It's hard to follow, but I try to - I have a bad habit for being sorry for almost everything! Weird, huh? :|

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