It’s Road Trip Wednesday Time with YA Highway again!
This time, the question is What is the best book you read in June?
This question isn’t fair. I’ve read a LOT of books in June and a lot of them were REALLY good.
I think my top five were: Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff; Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron; Unwind by Neal Shusterman; The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness; and Beautiful Souls by Eyal Press. I also read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks which I loved. Gah! CHOICES.
Of those books?
I think I’m going to pick The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
I am choosing The Knife of Never Letting Go because it was a book that not only surprised me, but drew me in, never let me go, pissed me off, and thrilled me. I picked it up a few weeks prior (I’m trying to read award winning books lately since I realized I was unconsciously skipping them?) and flipped through it and went, naw, not my thing. I went back to it, bought it, sat down and read it, and never let it go. The voice was honest and raw, the narrator completely believable (and interestingly, other characters find him trustworthy for the SAME reason I did: his innocence), a wonderfully spun friendship, a fantastic tale, horror, sadness, grief so heavy it’ll feel like it is crushing you, and an ending that should be ILLEGAL. Do you hear me, Mr. Ness? That’s just CRUEL.
But that doesn’t really tell you what it’s about, so here’s the Goodreads blurb:
“Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?”
I will add that the secret is a twist, like a knife in your gut.
That the area of complete silence isn’t technically correct, I suppose, but that part becomes one of my favorite parts of this book.
And that Manchee is a well rounded character, even though he’s a DOG. Which is AWESOME.
So. Go read it.