ARC Review: The Boomerang Effect

The Boomerang EffectThe Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: November 8, 2016

It all started with a harmless prank. But now high school junior (and resident stoner) Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he participates in a mentorship program. His mentee? Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but the social skills of the periodic table.

Then disaster strikes—Homecoming week. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying the fairy tale–inspired floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. Add to the mix a demon Goth girl named Zoe, a Renaissance LARPing group, an overzealous yearbook editor, and three vindictive chickens, and Lawrence soon realizes that his situation may be a little out of control. But Spencer seems to have some answers. In fact, Spencer may be the one friend Lawrence never knew he needed.

The Boomerang Effect is a hilarious tale of the events that occur when a burnout kid, Lawrence, tries to straighten his ways and finds all sorts of bad things coming at him. Firstly, Lawrence is a funny kid, in that he has this overactive imagination, which could also be due to the amounts of pot he consumes, and he is an entertaining protagonist. Some of the lines in the book had me laughing for quite a while. His predicament and the mystery of the Viking had me invested throughout the book. Secondly, the book is about being yourself, not bending to peer pressure, not creating harmful stereotypes and embracing the weird. Sure, it gets a preachy at times with the ‘hugs not drugs’ message, but it is overall an entertaining and hilarious read.

And now, some funny lines I just had to share:

Nothing he ate had any color. It was like his mom had killed his lunch and packed its ghost in Tupperware.

First he played good cop and offered me candy. Then he played bad cop and threatened to suspend me. Then he played Robocop and quoted California Education Code Section 32261 on school crime and violence. Then he sounded like Kindergarten Cop and told me how even principals have feelings and that his were hurt by the vandal’s act.

Maybe you should read my father’s letter,” I offered, pointing to the envelope on Stone’s desk. I had no idea what it said, but I hoped it was legalese for “quit hating on my son.”

Received a free galley from Harper Teen, via Edelwiess.

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