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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold | SLJ Review

redstarARNOLD, David. The Unusual Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik. 432p. Viking. Might 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780425288863.

Gr 9 Up –It’s practically the top of summer season earlier than senior 12 months, and introspective David Bowie fan Noah Oakman feels caught. The Rosa-Haas twins, Val and Alan, have been Noah’s greatest buddies since he moved to Iverton, IL. When Val drags him to a consuming social gathering he’d slightly not attend, Noah decides to imbibe, the night time will get stranger than he anticipated; he will get hypnotized by a homeschooled child. Instantly, every thing feels completely different in “most peculiar” small methods. The previous, the current, and everybody has slight variations which might be making him query his sanity. Why is Val all of a sudden speaking about UCLA as an alternative of SAIC? Why is Alan’s room full of Marvel as an alternative of DC comics prefer it at all times had been? And Noah is certain that his mother and father watched Associates each night time, however all of a sudden it’s, was, and at all times shall be Seinfeld. Readers are in for a bizarre, mild sci-fi journey right here with a significant twist and an sudden third act emergency. Arnold’s newest is formidable, weird, and a e-book his followers will adore. Whereas a bit heady, it is a comedic coming-of-age story with loads of popular culture and literary references and the snarky, informal, and observational really feel of a mumblecore comedy. Supporting characters are totally fleshed out and hilarious. VERDICT A bizarre, compelling teen-angst journey that may attraction to followers of John Corey Whaley.–Emily Moore, Camden County Library System, NJ

This evaluate was printed within the College Library Journal April 2018 subject.

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