The Tribulations of August Barton – Jennifer LeBlanc

August Barton could never have mentally prepared himself for his freshman year of college: not only has his anxiety increased, but his parents are divorcing, his new roommate thinks Augie is the biggest nerd in existence, and his grandma, a retired prostitute named Gertie, has taken to running away from her nursing home. Augie just wants to hole up in his dorm room with his Star Wars collectables and textbooks, but Gertie is not about to let that happen. What ensues is a crazy ride including naked trespassing, befriending a local biker gang, and maybe-just maybe-with Augie defeating his anxiety and actually getting the girl. –

I received this book free from the publisher via in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to enjoy this little novel, but unfortunately I just couldn’t. It stinks of manic-pixie-dream-girl and over the top drama with no purpose. I didn’t really feel that we got a proper introduction to any of the characters, except for “look how quirky we all are!”

Even the deep stuff felt a bit shallow.

That being said, it’s similar in style to John Green so if you’re into his books then you might enjoy this one.


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