BOOK REVIEW: The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

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author: Tim Federle
title: The Great American Whatever
publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
publication date: March 29th, 2016


Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident. Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

[source: http://www.goodreads.com]


It wasn’t until I read Summer Days and Summer Nights that I’ve heard of Tim Federle and his books. When I read his short story „Souvenirs“ I fell in love with his writing immediately and I knew I had to read his other books as well because even though I’ve only read like that one short story written by him I considered him one of my new favorite authors already because damn, this guy is seriously talented.

The Great American Whatever is Tim Federle’s first YA book and it was fantastic. I’m so gonna add him to my author auto-buy list. He’s amazing; his writing is just perfect and I’m not even kidding.

Even though I haven’t read any of his books yet and even though I’ve never met Quinn, our main character in this book, it was immediately like meeting an old friend. I just love Quinn. Quinn is hilarious, I love the way he talks, he thinks and he sees things. Even though he’s only like 16 or 17 years old he went through so many horrible things in his life already but he doesn’t give up. He’s always there for his mother and he takes such good care of his mother – he’s such a loving and caring person, I love him so much. This story actually could have been so drepressing but it wasn’t. It was funny and romantic and sad – it was everything. There are also a few short snippets in screenplay form which I loved because it added so much to the story and of course Quinn’s character, I mean he want’s to become a screenwriter so these little snippets made the story even more realistic.

This book made me so emotional. There are soo so many quotable lines in there; I could just copy like the whole book and put it in here because there are so many things I just want to share but of course I’m not gonna to this because it would be rude and stealing and I really want everyone to read this awesome book anyway and find out for themselves how amazing it is.

I basically loved or better adored all characters in this book. It’s so important to have characters you can connect with and I could connect with anyone. I love Quinn so much of course, I love his love for old movies, I love how passionate he is about movies and I love his humor – I think he definitely made it somewhere to the top of my favorite character list and I also love his mother. I loved Goeff (yeah I’m a Goeff fangirl to be honest) and I especially loved his relationship with Quinn. I swear the bromance was real in this book. They are best friends, like real best friends – it is so beautiful and also Quinn and his mother have such a great relationship and it was so nice to read about a teenage boy who loves his mother so much and takes care of her like he does.

Quinn has such a great personality and I’d feel so honored to be his friend. I felt so bad for him and sometimes I just wanted to give him a hug and tell him that everything is going to be fine. It was soo perfectly and beautifully written and as I mentioned before already this book made me so emotional, I couldn’t put it aside and it took me only like two days to finish it.

There’s also a little romance in there, some romance with a guy named Amir which was really really cute and also so emotional and important in Quinns life but it’s not like that it was one of the main topics in this book, the romance was actually the last thing that really mattered in this book even though it was important but it also wasn’t, you know what I mean? Well this book covers so many important topics and I just love how Tim Federle did that.

The Great American Whatever definitely is one of my greatest reads in 2016 so far. This is such a unique book, something you won’t find often. So if you want to know if I’d recommend the book well hells yeah. This is such a funny and also touching story everyone should read it. It’s definitely a must read for everyone so if you haven’t read it yet do it, like right now because if you don’t you will absolutely miss out on one of the greatest books ever.

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