Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
When Gene Twaronite contacted me about reading and reviewing his two novels The Family that Wasn't and My Vacation in Hell, I was a little apprehensive because they seemed geared towards the MG audience and not that I have a problem with that, I just wasn't sure if it was going to be my cup of tea. BUT, I was so surprised by these novels! I absolutely loved them!
The Good: Oh my lord, this book was hilarious. It was tongue-in-cheek funny and from page one, I knew I was going to be laughing throughout this book. And if you think about it, I can't think of ONE person who hasn't in their lifetime wished they had a different family. I know I have. What if we all just wrote ourselves into the perfect family and left the ones we were born into?! I loved the concept, the premise, the characters! All extremely well written. I love the journey John must take in order to bring back his family. I really see this novel AS a MG or very young YA, but anyone of all ages can enjoy this book. It speaks to all the ages!
The Bad: There were a couple of over the top passages that I thought the story could have done without, but that's pretty much my only complaint.
I give this one an A!
**I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions are my own and I was not obligated to write a favorable review.