Author: Stephanie Keuhn
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 3rd June 2013
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Usually in a review, I'll have the official summary of the book at the top, and then I'll go into the plot in more detail in my own words. But with this book, I can't do that because....wow. I have no words. I can't explain it. So I'll jump straight in with my opinion.
The cover of this book is dark, mysterious, strange and a little bit creepy. It ties in perfectly with the story within, and it definitely made me intrigued!
'Charm and Strange' is a great title for this book, because it is charming and strange! It is very different to anything you will ever read. It is very noncommercial which is refreshing from all of the other books out in the world at the moment! I didn't dislike Charm and Strange, but I didn't love it either... this message I sent to Jack from The Book Stop this morning basically sums it up:
And then I found my words...
The book really makes you think, even after you have (sadly) turned the last page. It's such a powerful, sad and dark book and I couldn't bear to put it down. I know a lot of people have had mixed feelings about this book - you either love it, hate it, or have no idea where you stand and are left in silence, clutching the book to your chest, rocking back and forth. ...It's a psychological thriller, that's what it's meant to do, right?...
The writing is unique and compelling and I recommend it to people who like to read something different every now and then - especially for fans of John Green. It shows the main character, Drew, going through emotional turmoil to discover who he really is and it really opened my eyes to what some people go through. It's such an intriguing book and if any of you have read it, I would love to know your thoughts seeing as the book has received such diverse reviews! In some places it was a little confusing, but Jack (mentioned above) helped me understand some of it, luckily. For that reason, I give this 4/5!