sooo last year I met Tom Leveen (he was sooo cool hahha), and fell in love with his books Party and Zero. Naturally, when my sister picked up a copy of Manic Pixie Dream Girl, I was like, ‘yes!’. so here I am, 24 hours later. (:
Summary: The book starts off with 17 year old Tyler Darcy celebrating with his two best friends because he just got his first short story published in a literary magazine. But, instead of focusing on the celebration, there were several other things on his mind: including his girlfriend of two years, Sydney, and Rebecca Webb, a girl he’s been crushing on – no, obsessing over – since his freshmen year. Through flashbacks, Leveen takes us on a journey through Tyler’s highschool years and his final decision on whether or not to finally take action with his crush, or be happy with what he already has.
Review: I’m in love with Leveen’s writing, and the writing in this book was exceptional, as usual! Leveen is amazing at creating realistic characters – it’s not hard to simply fall in love with them. The characters are very real, and as a high schooler, I can say that I can easily see them as students at my school, etc. Character wise, my favorite was definitely Sydney, Tyler’s confident girlfriend, who, despite Tyler’s obssession with Rebecca, stayed with him. (Though she was probably just as confused and bewildered about the relationship as Tyler…) Each character is very unique as well – they don’t all fit in a stereotype, and they have their quirks and problems and stories. Real problems, real issues – if you’re a fan of character driven stories, then this is for you!
Now, as for the plot, I’m not quiteeee sure about. The ending wasn’t surprising, but it wasn’t wrapped off nicely either – I wish he could’ve given us some closure on the subject. I do, however, like the fact that the ending isn’t exactly all sunshine-and-butterflies. Although this is an easy read, I’m more compelled by the interaction between the characters instead of the actual plot. The plot, I think, was a little bit weak – I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is, but it wasn’t as intricate or fast paced as Party was.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and what stood out to me the most was definitely the characters. There are parts were I was smiling through the scenes, and then other parts where I could actually feel the characters’ hurt and sadness. It all just really came alive to me! The struggle between fantasy and reality, wanting something unattainable and not letting go of something you already have, the courage to act, friendship, drama… there were just so many really awesome concepts in this book that makes it hard to put down.
Overall, I rate this book a 4/5.