Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? This story is a fabulous combination of road-trip story and geeky online gamers joking about World of Warcraft and teens figuring out themselves and their families and life and especially love. Dylan is a poor gay boy from the broken side of the tracks who has only just been given that dubiously “fabulous” designation: Cancer in Remission. Arden is a trans girl with a distant rich family, a father who still calls her David. But in the digital worlds of online gaming, they are a powerful cow-cleric and undead battle zombie and none of that real life stuff matters. When Dylan fails to register for school he decides to head to find Arden IRL and so begins an epic voyage West to find a long missing ship of pearls in the middle of the desert by Salton Sea. They are both fighting their own internal battles but their relationship is fantastically written; the joys and heartbreaks and discoveries are heart-wrenching and fantastic.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing. This story is a beauty.
To whom would you recommend this book? This brings to mind the beauty of “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” and the fun of “Fangirl” and even a bit of the poignancy that I loved from “The Fault in Our Stars”; all while being its own fresh story about two broken characters who find love in each other.
Who should buy this book? High Schools, Public Libraries, Individuals.
Where would you shelve it? YA Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA
Date of review: 6/2/17