Wednesday, May 8, 2013

FML, by Shaun David Hutchinson

From Goodreads:

Tonight’s the night: Simon’s big chance to finally get with Cassie. Cassie, who he’s loved for ages. Cassie, who is newly boyfriend-free. Cassie, who just happens to be throwing the biggest party of the year. Simon’s plan is simple: he’ll go to the party, she’ll fall in love with him, they’ll make out like crazy, and the night will be a complete success.

But things don’t ever go as planned.

In two alternating plotlines, Simon goes after the girl of his dreams and stumbles toward his destiny. It’s one night, one party, and a thousand ways for things to go wrong . . . but a million ways for them to go right.

I just finished this book the other day. It was a nice, refreshing break, because I'd been reading some really heavy (really great, but also really heavy) issue books, and FML is nothing like that. Consisting of two separate realities, FML follows the greatest (or at least most important) night of Simon Cross's life. Filled with hijinks, hilarity, and clever Joss Whedon and Doctor Who references, FML is a really funny and entertaining book. But it isn't only those things. It's also a poignant tail about friendship, loyalty, honesty, and knowledge of self, in which Simon discovers that he is who he is and who he is deserves to be happy.

FML contains an incredible cast of characters. First and foremost are Coop and Ben (or Ben and Coop, depending on who you ask), Simon's best friends since elementary school, who also happen to be one of the most adorable gay couples I've ever read, and also most excellently play the angel and demon on Simon's shoulders. Then you have a myriad of girls, most of whom Simon, as a teenage boy, has no idea how to relate to, but tries anyway, and a nice supporting cast of male enemies for Simon to defeat. On the surface they all seem like simple bullies, but there is not one of them who does not have a more human side that is at least partially explored.

A cross between a classic John Hughes coming of age film, and something a little more magical, like Sliding Doors, FML weaves a tale that will leave you in stitches, but also nodding your head in understanding as you remember, that's exactly what it was like to be young, and full of wonder.

Shaun David Hutchinson is also the author of The Deathday Letter, and he can be found:

At his website.
On his blog.
On Twitter.
On Amazon.

If you're interested (and you don't win the ARC here) you can pre-order FML:

On Amazon.

Full disclosure: I read the ARC, which was provided to me by the author, but in even better news, I'll be giving that ARC away today. In the comments, list your favorite John Hughes movie (or favorite high school party movie) and tell me why you think you would enjoy FML. I'm not going to do a rafflecopter, or have any strict rules, because this is the kind of book you need to not take too seriously.


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