Have you ever had an extraordinary day? Max hadn’t. Until one winter day when he met a girl. THE LIBERATION OF MAX MCTRUE takes place in a single day. The classic Boy Meets Girl story. Well, sort of: Boy meets homeschooled girl. Boy ditches school. Boy finds his future. And there's an ice cream truck. And archery. It's a bit like what would happen if FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF and THE ALCHEMIST had a kid, well...a kid who was a YA eBook novella. You get the idea. Max took a day off and found his life. Who changed your life today? For Max McTrue, life is not mysterious. He simply does what he’s told and that path has served him well, has been easy and free of conflict. He’s a good kid. 3.04 grade point average, plays football and baseball, has membership in a couple of school clubs. He’s not much of a blip on anyone’s radar, a fact he has wholly embraced for all of his seventeen years. Until one winter day when all that changes. That cold February 1st morning at Java Jewel, the café he works in before school, Max meets Clara Jane Ramsey. But Max doesn’t know any of this yet. In fact, he sees her only briefly and then goes to class where the only thing (he thinks) of interest is the fact that his student teacher in Senior English has opted not wear a bra that day. Sitting in class, with three thick college application folders on the desk in front of him (college applications he has until five o’clock that day to mail), he sees Clara Jane out toward the baseball field, and for reasons he certainly cannot explain to himself, he raises his hand to ask for the pass, gathers his things, and joins her. Clara Jane is homeschooled and her family is on the last day of their motor-home stop through the small foothill town where Max lives. Max spends the day with Clara Jane and along the way, Clara Jane meets Emerson, Max’s best friend who is on Home Hospital for her allergies, has perfect SAT scores, and drives a converted ice cream truck that holds her archery equipment and a portable reading library of used titles. And then there’s Darcy, Max’s on again off again – he’s never quite sure – girlfriend, who puts a slight crimp in the clearly romantic tension that has been building. Clara Jane and Max explore each other’s own longings and trappings and ideas. About what it means to learn, what it means to love something, and what it means to seek something. Eventually, the three packets Max has been hauling around become an issue. Why doesn’t he just send them? THE LIBERATION OF MAX MCTRUE is the story of a single, crucial day. After seventeen years of a lovely albeit noncommittal existence, Max grabs the reins to his own life.
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First of all, the writing was breathtaking. There’s something about it – the beauty of it, the fun of it, the genius of it – that makes me want to read the lines again and again. The conversations in The Liberation of Max McTrue were never boring. The chapters and scenes were cut at the right moment, just enough so that I think about it what happens next. The author showed rather than told the story. It was very satisfying for me. Max was the average kind of guy. He went with the flow of life and blended in the crowd. He didn’t make choices. People made his choices for him. He didn’t make plans. He just went with other people’s plans. So when it was time for him to apply for college, he seemed hesitant to suddenly change tactics. From being an average student, he needed to be different and he needed to stand out in college. That was his problem: he didn’t stand out. Max met Clara Jane by chance. He wouldn’t even have known her if he didn’t act on his instinct and his curiosity. After following her from the school grounds, he found a future that he never even considered. Clara Jane was charming, pretty, fun and intelligent. She reminded me of Liv from Beautiful Darkness & Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. But Clara Jane was unique in her own way. She’s filled with positive energy, determination, desire to learn and appreciation of life. She shared her day with Max, talked about several things both general and slightly personal. She shared her thoughts and secrets with him. In the end, she changed Max’s life. Clara Jane and Max had a connection. It was like a spark between them that blazed at times and could possibly engulf them both if they would just let it. I liked how Max saw Clara Jane through his eyes. It was refreshing for me. I liked how he listened to her and how he let her words get in his system and change him for the better. The Liberation of Max McTrue is a captivating novella that has the charm, magic and life-changing factor of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Beautifully written, honest, witty, heart achingly good and genius this novel will inspire, amaze and please contemporary readers. I highly recommend it!