Wes and Corey listen to a lot of music. Some would say that they listen “critically”. Others might say that they listen with the intention of becoming “haters”. If there is a problem with your favourite music, Wes and Corey know what it is. They have yet to find a song that they are incapable of hating on.
Wes and Corey both get into a jazz camp for the summer, and are immediately put into a jazz band that would make Louis Armstrong crawl out of his grave. Rather than spend the summer playing terrible jazz music that neither of them care about, they join forces with Ash, run away from jazz camp, and start their own band. What follows is a road trip they’ll never forget.
This book was hilarious. The dialogue was so comedic and entertaining, that I read this novel in a matter of hours. It was an easy read, chock full of cringe worthy and laugh out loud moments. Although each character had their own faults, they were still characters that I would love to be friends with. Jesse Andrews made these characters so human, which is what makes them so endearing.
That being said, I do need to issue a warning with this book. This book is about two seventeen year old boys and a nineteen year old girl. And the dialogue is written how many seventeen year old boys and nineteen year old girls speak. Which is to say, there is quite a bit of cursing, and their conversations tend to get quite graphic. As someone who has spent a lot of time with teenagers, I could appreciate the low humour and understand the emotion behind the f-bombs. If you are a person who really has no appreciation for jokes about sex, genitalia, or gratuitous f-bombs, this will probably not be the book for you.
I loved this book. If you are a fan of road trip adventures or summer buddy movies, you will love this book. If you like ridiculous mishaps with a teaspoon of teen angst, you will love this book. If you love it when people stare at you because you just laughed out loud while you were reading, you will love this book. If you liked Jesse Andrews’ previous book, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, you will love this book.