Friday, June 28, 2013

Give a Damn - A Review of Manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

Manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

Goodreads Blurb
Sometimes the most dramatic scenes in a high school theater club are the ones that happen between the actors and crew off stage.

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Darcy's dream of being a writer is starting to feel very real now that he's sold his first short story to a literary journal. He should be celebrating its publication with his two best friends who've always had his back, but on this night, a steady stream of texts from his girlfriend Sidney keep intruding. So do the memories of his dream girl, Becky, who's been on his mind a little too much since the first day of high school. Before the night is over, Ty might just find the nerve to stop all the obsessing and finally take action. 
Tyler Darcy has been in love with Becky since the first day of his Freshman year of high school.  Too bad he has had a girlfriend for almost as long.  

Sydney noticed Tyler that first day and made every effort to make him hers.  Though Sydney knew of Tyler's interest in Becky, she never doubted his commitment to her.

Throughout the Sophomore and Junior year of high school, Tyler and Becky become friends through the drama club and although Becky talks with Tyler, he notices that no one talks to her.  He often wonders what is wrong with these people that they can't see how amazing she is.

This isn't exactly a love story, but more the story of a boy struggling to figure out who he is and what he really wants in life.  It's the story of friendship and how sometimes friendship is greater than anything.

Manicpixiedreamgirl is a great high school story filled with friendship, angst, longing, and heartache. What makes this one unique is the author's ability to paint a picture using well developed characters. And in the end, he doesn't try to tell us what to think or believe, but still gives us hope for a future. 

I love Tom's style. He has a way of putting things together that fascinates me. I cannot get enough. 

4 out of 5 Stars.

This song seems perfect.  Especially for Tyler's freshman year.

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