Thursday, 6 July 2017

Book Review: Noah Can't Even

TITLE: Noah Can't Even
AUTHOR:  Simon James Green
PUBLISHER:  Scholastic
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.



Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother's Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is...Well, it's pure HELL. Why can't Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone - maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely - he'd be seen in a different light? But Noah's plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That's when things go from bad to utter chaos. 

It is refreshing to have a hilarious and lighthearted book like 'Noah Can't Even', on the YA bookshelves, but it actually covers some really important topic. Easily addictive, and a relatable read for teenagers, I finished 'Noah Can't Even' in one sitting.

15 year old Noah Grimes is awkward teenage boy, and with his distinctive personality he sometimes finds it difficult to be accepted by others at school. Frequent mishaps for Noah occur when he is desperately trying to impress Sophie, a girl who he likes. But his best friend Harry kisses him at a party, things are about to get a lot more arkward.

Noah's personality just seeped through the page, so that you can't help but adore him. Also, I felt that Green created character's that perfectly contemplated each other- it was a great mix. Every character had flaws, and they learnt from them, which is real life. Noah's Gran was definitely one of my favourite characters, as she gives Noah a lot of great advice.  I loved how nothing was spared when talking about sexuality- all of the awkward, real life parts were left in. All teenagers can relate to Noah's confusion, as we have all questioned ourselves in many aspects at some time.

There are just certain little corkers that Noah comes out with that will honestly have you laughing out loud- I haven't laughed at a book for a long time. Noah and his Gran will always stick in my mind. The plot was perfectly fast-paced, there is no way anyone could get bored reading this one, especially when Noah jumps from one predicament from the next. I will be eagerly waiting for the sequal; 'Noah Can't Even' is perfect if you are in search of a feel good read. It is a fantastic mixture of everything you want in a book.


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