Monday, July 19, 2010

Freak Magnet by Andrew Auseon

A novel about freaks, geeks, crushes, and friends—and how sometimes you can be all of them at once.

Charlie is the freak. Gloria is the freak magnet. They're pretty much destined to meet. And when they do, sparks fly . . . for Charlie. Gloria, well, she just thinks he's like every other freak who feels compelled to talk to her, although a little better-looking than most.

While Charlie has his head in the clouds, Gloria's got hers in a book: her Freak Folio—a record of every weirdo who's talked to her in the last year (it's a big book). But never before has she felt the pull to get to know one of them better. Until now.

I don’t really know what to say about Freak Magnet. A lot of the time I didn’t know what was going on. I think part of the reason I was so lost was because Charlie was everywhere. His personality was out-there, he didn’t care what he said or what everyone else is doing; he was his own person. I think him being so frantic made it so a lot was going on and it made the book hard to follow at times. I think what ultimately made him special, was his way of thinking about and explaining space. Instead of just the typical knowledge, he also had the notebook full of numbers and the unique way of talking about everything.
I liked the fact that both Charlie and Gloria both had their own baggage. Gloria was afraid to get close to someone. Charlie was hiding behind his love of astronomy and superman. Andrew Auseon told the story of the “Freak” and the “{freak} Magnet” well. He showed how to polar-opposites who have never met can become such a big part of each other’s lives.
Though this book had it’s ups and downs, I think that generally it was pretty good. Though I found it occasionally confusing, the characters were well-made and had their own personalities.

FTC- Received from publisher.


Anonymous said...

Nice review. I am sorry that the story was confusing. I have read some books like that before and ended up re-reading parts.

Cleverly Inked said...

I think even being confusing this sounds like a great read

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