Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Submarine - Joe Dunthorne

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (I like it.)
Genre: Young Adult/Adult
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Random House
Page Count: 312 p.
Buy it: Book Depository | Indie | Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Oliver Tate might look like just your average boy from the outside, but inside his mind is reeling. Oliver Tate spies on his parents so that he can make sure they are happy and stay together. Oliver Tate wants a girlfriend and doesn't mind the hot and cold Jordana. Oliver Tate isn't really quite sure how to act and what to do with all his feelings. Oliver a bit strange.

Really enjoyed this book. It's almost like a pervy Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Oliver has a really interesting outlook on life and so seeing the events unfold through his eyes was bizarre and extraordinary.

The relationship between Jordana and Oliver was curious. It was nearly not really a relationship at all. They seemed to be two dots collided together by circumstance and they continued on their way until they bounced back together again. I could never really tell if either of them truly liked the other. It seemed like Oliver liked her, because he seemed a bit broken up when they weren't together. It was hard to filter out his Jordana emotion amongst the barrage of other feels.

Oliver's relationship with his parents was also a bit odd. They seemed uniquely close. He spied on them often to make sure they were making love and not going to divorce. Things really escalate when Oliver's mom seems to find a life of her own and starts leaving the house. Then Oliver decides to up his spying.

This was a fantastic read and Oliver is a character I'm sure you'll enjoy getting to know. He can be rude at times and annoying, but also endearing in a way that makes you want to squeeze him. If you like off-beat books and don't mind quite a bit of pervy talk, check out this novel.

First Line:
"It is Sunday morning."

Favorite Lines:
"This is no time for vowels."

"On the way home through Singleton Park, I get involved in some crying."

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