Painfully geeky Noah Grimes thinks his best chance at social normalcy is to strike up a romance with Sophie. But his delusional plans are hopelessly derailed when his best (and only) friend Harry kisses him at a party. That's when things go from bad to utter chaos.
This story was freaking hilarious.
And "Noah Can't Even"? I'm not sure I've ever come across a more aptly named book in my life.
Noah was a skinny, socially-inept nerd and, in his misguided quest for popularity and acceptance, he repeatedly made one insanely bad choice after another, which turned his life into a huge web of complicated lies, placing an ever-tightening noose around his own neck and, yep, by the end, Noah "can't even" with any of it.
However, if you're looking for a touching romance, which develops over time and focuses on the MC's spending loads of time together... this is most decidedly *NOT* that story. At least not this first book in the series.
Instead, the story is more like the misadventures of 15 y.o. Noah Grimes, as he rather desperately attempts to find out who he is and where his attractions actually lie.
But Noah's nothing if not a bit clueless, like how maybe he should've guessed he wasn't quite straight when the school mean girl threw herself at him sexually and he couldn't escape her fast enough.
“I’m hot for you, Noah!” she purred, like a bad porn actress.And the story is chock full of funny moments like that one, which had me laughing like an idiot pretty much the entire time.
“Oh, God!” he screamed, panicked by how fast things were happening and trying to fling her off him. It was no use. She was stuck like a deranged, sex-mad limpet. “Look, if you’re hot, maybe you should cool down?” he said. “I could run you a cold bath? Or maybe hose you down in the garden? Have you got a hose?”
My only niggle about the book was how, after Harry kissed Noah at the party, there was this huge, awkward distance between them, so for the majority of the book they rarely said more than two words to one another. And while I got a vague sense of Harry, he wasn't really on page enough for the attraction to feel completely, unquestionably real.
I'm very much looking forward to the next book, "Noah Could Never", where I'm hoping we get a lot more on-page time with the two of them more fully developing their relationship.
As YA stories go, Noah came across as much more naive and young than what I'm used to, but I thoroughly enjoyed his story, nonetheless, so I'd rate this book at around 4.25 stars.
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who was a fan of Nash Summers' "Life According to Maps" series. : )
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