A new hilarious novel from the author of The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever and Stranger Things Have Happened.
Rod's life doesn't suck. If you ask him, it's pretty awesome. He may not be popular, but he and his best friends play in a band that has a standing gig. Yeah, it's Monday night and they don't get paid, but they can turn the volume up as loud as they want. And Rod's girlfriend is hot, smart, and believes in their bandbelieves in Rod. Aside from a winning lottery ticket, what more could he ask for?
Answer: A different cousin. When Rod's scheming, two-faced cousin Blake moves in for the semester, Rod tries to keep calm. Blake seems to have everyone else fooled with good manners and suave smile, except Rod knows better. Blake is taking over his room, taking over his band, taking over his life! But Rod's not about to give up without a fight. Game on. May the best prankster win...
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
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I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand successfully made me dislike the villain of the story, cousin Blake. The entire plot is based around a trouble-filled relationship between Rodney, the main character, and his cousin Blake who comes to visit for three months while his rich parents are off on a cruise. Blake notoriously manages to completely ruin Rodney’s life in less than three months. Honestly, I got so captured up in the chaos of it all that I lost track of the timeline. While I flew through the book powered merely by my dislike of Blake, I found some of the events unrealistic in their scale and impact. The ending of the book, and much of the conflict’s resolution, felt too underwhelming in comparison to the rest of the story as well. I grew attached to the characters quickly, however, and I discovered myself falling on one character’s side versus the other. (The entire book is a giant fight, so how could I not choose a side?) I usually ended up on Rod’s side due to just how crazy Blake became, but then I found myself asking if I was going crazy alongside Rod. This mainly happened because the story is told in second person POV, which I had only seen before in one other book series. I am still unsure if I enjoy this way of storytelling or not. Overall, I would recommend How You Ruined My Life for a comedic read or for pre-teen or early teen readers.