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Book Review: Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

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Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy is written exclusively in lists, and unfortunately the format mixed with a lot of pointless lists made for a book that I couldn’t finish.

Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You


AUTHOR: Todd Hasak-Lowy
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2015
GENRE: Young adult, contemporary
LENGTH: 656 pages
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Darren is shocked when his recently divorced parents finally reveal the main reason for their divorce. The news is startling to Darren, who decides to ditch school for a trip to visit his big brother at college. A girl from school who Darren really likes elects to join him on this trip and Darren’s already crazy day gets even more insane.

4 Things I Thought When I Saw This Book on Edelweiss

  • That title is really long but very intriguing
  • This summary actually sounds pretty good
  • “Told entirely in lists” – Hmmmm. I really like lists. A book told entirely in lists could be really horrible though. But it could also be really different and interesting.
  • Eh. Why not? I’ll give it a go! I think the story sounds like something I’d like

20 Thoughts That Went Through My Head While Reading Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You which could be “Is Made up of a Lot of Lists with Really Long Titles Like This That Sometimes Add Information to the Story and Sometimes Don’t”

  1. This is really funny! I’m going to like this.
  2. Wait, the whole thing is written in lists? How did I forget about this?
  3. Oh wow. Darren was NOT expecting that.
  4. Yay for Darren!
  5. Poor Darren.
  6. This really is written entirely in lists. Like, there’s no break or anything.
  7. What is the point of that list?
  8. I get the title!
  9. You go, Darren. You go.
  10. Why was that list in this?
  11. I don’t get this book.
  12. Not sure what the point is right now.
  13. Zoey is a stalker!
  14. Zoey is sad.
  15. Another pointless list.
  16. Do I really want to keep reading this?
  17. I want to see what happens to Darren!
  18. Nate’s a crappy brother right now.
  19. I don’t think I can do this. I wanted to like this one. I really, really did.
  20. OMG. I’m only at 45%?!!! Yeah, I can’t do this.

6 Reasons Why I DNF’ed (Did Not Finish) This Book

  1. It is told ENTIRELY IN LISTS! This could’ve been really cool but I personally don’t think it was successful.
  2. There were a lot of pointless lists – 6 Minutes That Pass After Kyle’s Arrival until a Bong is Taken Out: 1. 5:52 2. 5:53…etc. Why? I know that list is only like seven lines long but it’s just one of the several lists I felt added nothing to the story.
  3. There were a lot of really successful lists that told the story and added context by being exactly what it was – a list. I liked these a lot and they were part of the reason I wanted to see how the rest of the story played out.
  4. BUT I just don’t think I can read another 60% of a book like this. I think the lists ended up being more of an obstacle to reading the story and impeded both my understanding and enjoyment of the book.
  5. I DO think a lot people will like this book. I am in no way saying it is a bad book. It just wasn’t a ME book. The story was there and I think I might eventually finish reading it at some point because I want to know what happens to Darren, but not right now.
  6. I don’t know what the point of it being written in lists was. Darren doesn’t really make lists or anything, so it doesn’t add anything to his character that way. I wish we’d gotten an explanation for that early on – though there could definitely be a reason later on in the book.

I want to commend the author for being able to write an entire book made up of lists. That’s imaginative and different and took a lot of hard work. I have no doubt that some people will enjoy this book. I’m just not some people.

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