Wildman by J.C Geiger
Published by Disney Hyperion on June 6, 2017.
Genres: YA Novel, Contemporary
Source: New York city comic con and Disney Hyperion
I would give this book 3.5 for a review.
“How can a complete stranger know you better than the people you’ve known your entire life?” Lance Hendricks is homeward bound, four hundred highway miles from the best night of his life. There’s an epic graduation party brewing, his girlfriend will be there, and they’ve got a private bedroom with their names on it. When his ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Lance is sure he’ll be back on the road in no time. After all, he’s the high school valedictorian. First chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks. But afternoon turns to night, and Lance ends up stranded at the Trainsong Motel. The place feels ominous, even before there’s a terrible car wreck outside his room. When Lance rushes out to help, the townies take notice. They call him Wildman, and an intriguing local girl asks him to join in their nighttime adventures. He begins to live up to his new name. As one day blurs into the next, Lance finds himself in a bar fight, jumping a train, avoiding the police. Drifting farther from home and closer to a girl who makes him feel a way he’s never felt before—like himself. This debut novel by a remarkable new talent explores the relationship between identity and place, the power of being seen, and the speed at which a well-planned life can change forever.
*I got this book as a free arc from comic con 2016 these thoughts are my own*
I really enjoyed the fact that a contempory book was told only from a guys POV and I have so rarely seen that. I loved the strong focus on self discovery that was presence in the novel. I did not mind the love triangle aspects. I thought the characters other then lance lack complication as characters go. I felt like it was harder to get to know them. I did like the setting of the story and also the car as being a constant element in the story. I thought the author is was trying to play with elements of magical realism but did not go all the way. Overall, I really love the character of lance and his path in this novel. It was great to see a story were romance was second fiddle. I wanted more complex characters overall but I really loved the story and the setting. I also really enjoyed the debate between lance and his family and friends at home at what is safe life path like (business school) and what he loves (music) and I enjoyed that dynamic. I enjoyed how the author played with a really short timeline and showed how even a short amount of time can still really impact your life.
I would read this if….
You are looking for a male focused contemporary novel.
If you want a novel that deals with self discovery and finding your own path.
If you want a fun summer read with a cool setting and some fun characters.
I hope you will check it out!
Later Book lovers