Sunday, June 23, 2013

FML: By Shaun David Hutchinson



Tonight’s the night: Simon’s big chance to finally get with Cassie. Cassie, who he’s loved for ages. Cassie, who is newly boyfriend-free. Cassie, who just happens to be throwing the biggest party of the year. Simon’s plan is simple: He’ll go to the party, she’ll fall in love with him, they’ll make out like crazy, and the night will be a complete success.

But things don’t ever go as planned…especially when it comes to Cassie.

In two alternating plotlines, Simon goes after the girl of his dreams and stumbles toward his destiny. It’s one night, one party, and a thousand ways for things to go wrong…but a million ways for them to go right.


FML does something that I really haven’t read before in a non-science fiction/fantasy book, it takes the reader down two different alternative realities based on the single decision of the protagonist. What this split of realities does is allow readers to see the full story without characters seeming to spill their guts so that the readers know what’s going on. Not only that but the different realities play off each other switching right when the normal progression of a story would begin to fall flat. This energizes the story and keeps readers captivated until the very last page.

Of course, besides the split realities, which allowed the story arcs to be flushed out more than most books, FML also just has plain sensational characters. I would say that the split realities allowed Shaun David Hutchinson to make the characters more engaging and realistic, but Hutchison has already proven that he can and does create truly amazing characters. This was proven in Hutchinson’s previous book The Deathday Letter. It's hard to pin down exactly what makes Hutchinson's characters so likable, but they truly are. Perhaps it's how relatable they are. Perhaps it's the fact that Hutchinson is able to capture the real essence of teenage insecurity, hope, and recklessness. Or maybe it's just some unknown quality. Whatever it is, Hutchinson truly has a gift, and for this reason alone readers should buy FML.  

As for the story itself FML is just plain great. It's funny, filled to the brim with party hijinks, and still makes time to create very real and heartfelt moments that readers will be sure to commiserate with.

Between the story and the characters readers wont be able to put FML down until the last page is finished, making FML a must read for anyone looking for an engaging and well written book. A definite must buy.


Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: June 25, 2013

Price: $9.99

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1 comment:

  1. I loved FML, and I totally agree, it's hard to put your finger on exactly what makes Huthinson's characters feel so authentic, but it's undoubtedly there.