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Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite
Carson Phillips lives in a small town where the people do not understand or appreciate his brilliance or one-of-a-kind personality. The most important person in his life, his grandma, suffers from Alzheimer disease and no longer remembers who he is. Despite that, he still sees her every single day after school. After all, it is better than going home to his chronic alcoholic mom who is more often than not passed out on the couch. His father split long ago and seems to have forgotten his existence. But despite these adversities, Carson is determined to reach his goal of becoming a fantastic journalist. Northwest is his university of choice and none other will do. He knows they will want him. Why wouldn't they? If it weren't for him, the school would not have any sort of literary offerings. His flippy-dippy career counselor informs him that the newspaper is not considered good enough for acceptance. He decides to publish a literary magazine and uses his "in the know" to coerce fellow students to contribute.
This book is not for younger readers and if you are offended by dirty words, this is not the one for you. Having a teenager of my own and having spent countless hours listening to her peers discuss the aspects of their own small town high school, this book hit right home. My daughter and Carson could be one and the same in many of the scenes. She especially enjoyed the fact that although Carson had something to say about every club in school, FFA was not one of them. Thank you, Chris Colfer, for being part of a wonderful road trip and the laughter it provided.