Saturday, May 9, 2015

Review: Waiting for Gonzo

Waiting for Gonzo 
Author: Dave Cousins
Release date: January 1, 2015
Published by: Flux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oz has just moved to the “wilds” of the country after living close to London. He must adjust to a new school with some crazy characters and a new house that is ancient and crumbly. On his first day at his new school, he pulls his sister’s underwear from his backpack AND in an effort to redeem this horrible first impression, draws a mustache on the face of a picture of a girl who turns out to have the nickname Psycho Skinner. Needless to say, Oz does not get off to the best start.

The author, Dave Cousins, has created a roller coaster ride of plot twists and emotional ups and downs for Oz’s first year in this new setting. I really enjoyed all of the different characters and their personalities. Oz’s mom and dad are quirky but lovable. Ryan, Oz’s only sort-of friend, is a fantasy-loving geek. And the relationship between Oz and his sister is perfect: they love and hate each other with equal passion at various points in the story--so true to real life :)

There are secrets, missteps, hurt feelings, celebrations, and love. This story is sweet and heartwarming and chuckle inducing. AND definitely worth a read. Enjoy!
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