You might remember a few days ago that I highlighted The Odyssey of Falling by Paige Crutcher.
Here’s a blurb to refresh your memory:
Meet Odd. Audrey “Odd” Ashworth is an exceptionally bright girl with a sympathetic heart. She’s in the top 4% of her class. She’s obsessed with getting into Manhattan School of Music, committed to following the “signs” the universe delivers, and infatuated with her recently deceased best friend’s boyfriend.
Life is a little strange for Odd.
Until she finds her best friend’s diary in her crush’s car, and decides to do the bucket list tucked inside the pages. As Odd seeks closure and a way to honor her friend, she discovers there’s nothing wrong with being a little strange, especially if it helps you discover who you were meant to be. Along the way, Odd falls into trouble, adventure, and finally love.
I’ll be honest; I wasn’t sure what to think about another teen suicide book. But Odyssey is strangely different. In a good way, though. I don’t agree with crushing on your besties boyfriend. I especially think it’s kinda creepy when your bestie is dead. But then again, what do I know? It’s never happened to me.
Audrey and her classmates have all sorts of adventures (insert sarcasm) as they struggle to survive the next year of school after Meredith’s death. The most interesting and admittedly, confusing, part of the book is when Audrey tries drugs. The gang is at a party and Audrey “accidentally” (insert more sarcasm) drinks some kind of drug laced with something even stronger. What follows are a few funny but trippy chapters as Audrey hits her first high.
It was enlightening, not that I condone drug use, but smart girl Audrey trying to make sense of the nonsensical made me giggle. Reminds me of that scene from Perks of Being a Wallflower when what’s his name eats the brownies.
How interesting to follow your friend’s bucket list; I wonder how many people could get through mine?
Do you have a bucket list?
Hey Paige: If you’re ever in the Philly area, look me up. We can have a coffee and swap bucket lists! Check Paige out at:
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Hey is that an Andrew Smith book back there????