Reviewed by: Savannah
Format: Soft Cover
Page count: 320 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
In stock: Yes
I had actually read this book not expecting much, but it was a lot better than I had thought it was going to be. I actually don’t think that I’ve read a book this good, but that could also be me not reading as often as I should. I bought this book and then kind of forgot about it on my bookshelf for a couple of months, until I wasn’t sure what type of book I wanted to read. This one just so happened to be one of my shortest in the “to be read pile” so I gave it a chance, and WOW, am I glad I did! It’s a little bit of a mystery story but also just a great read! I’ll give you a little Goodreads synopsis at this point:
“When Oliver “Boo” Dalrymple wakes up in heaven, the eighth-grade science geek thinks he died of a heart defect at his school. But soon after arriving in this hereafter reserved for dead thirteen-year-olds, Boo discovers he’s a ‘gommer’, a kid who was murdered. What’s more, his killer may also be in heaven. With help from the volatile Johnny, a classmate killed at the same school, Boo sets out to track down the mysterious Gunboy who cut short both their lives.
In a heartrending story written to his beloved parents, the odd but endearing Boo relates his astonishing heavenly adventures as he tests the limits of friendship, learns about forgiveness and, finally, makes peace with the boy he once was and the boy he can now be.”
This book is one that will probably stick with me for a while as it has a great message, and is also a little bit about a journey to find oneself and friendship, without being as cheesy as that sentence was. I do have to say that I sometimes can find that books written from the point of view of a “geek” or “genius” can be a little hard to relate to the characters, as someone who is neither, but this was not the case with our trusty main character, Oliver. I was quickly drawn into the story, and grew attached to the story and the character. An added bonus for me was that this kid makes puns, and a good amount of them (for those who don’t know me I am also an avid pun maker.) As Oliver and Johnny were searching for their ‘Gunboy’ I had many guesses as to who it was as these boys did too.