For The Love of Mary* by Christopher Meades
"A hilarious coming-of-age novel about the pain of young love, family secrets, and sick ferrets"
Fifteen-year-old Jacob feels almost on the inside: almost smart, almost funny, almost good-looking, almost worthy of falling in love. His sister is too busy dating guys in Whitesnake jackets to notice, and his best friend is occupied with his own painful pubescent crisis. Jacobs mother has just started a curious (and rather un-Christian) holy war with the church across the street, while his father has secretly moved into the garage.
Everything changes when Jacob meets Mary. Jacob thinks Mary is the most beautiful girl in the world. If only Marys father wasn't the minister at the enormous rival church. If only she wasn't dating a youth pastor with pristine white teeth and impeccably trimmed hair. If only Jacob could work up the courage to tell Mary how he feels . . . "
You know when you read a really hyped up book that everyone says is the best thing that you will ever read, it will change your whole life etc etc and you read it and you like 'um what was that'. Because I do so many reviews for my blog I feel that happens to me a lot (I try really hard not to put negative reviews up here so don't normally include them) but then once in a while a little gem comes along that you've never heard a word about, never read a review about it and it just blows your mind and that's exactly what 'For The Love Of Mary Did' to me.
I'd never heard anything about this book before I started reading it but the blurb caught my attention straight away and I knew it sounded like a book I would probably love but at the point when I was about to start reading this I had read about 3 books in a row that I was so unbelievably disappointed by, and I sort of thought ah I don't know if I can take starting another book and it being bad, I was in a total reading slump but as soon as I pushed through and gave this a shot it completely got me out of my reading hole.
It is such a funny book, like laugh out loud funny, which fiction books rarely make me do. I honestly can not praise this enough, it was sweet and weird and crazy and I just loved it so much.
The other thing is that it felt real, really real. If you grew up in a small town like me and like Jacob you will know of all the craziness that can go on that people would think you made up because its so random and ridiculous but that's what happens in so many little towns and villages and I think this book captured that so perfectly. That's what the story is at its heart. It's a really close knit small community of people just living their normal lives which happen to be not actually so normal to anyone who doesn't live there.
You will be rooting so much for Jacob, he is an amazing lead character and Jacob's mum made me laugh so much, she was hilarious.
I've never read anything by this author before but he writes with so much warmth and humour and with so much heart too. I have read so many similar books of this genre lately and this stands head and shoulders above them all, the author is just crazy good and I need to check out what else he has written as his style and writing is just really impressive. Definitely someone to look out for in the future too.
If you like any of the movies that I love, sort of little quirky indie movies or even films like (500) days of summer or any Cameron crowe film then this book needs to be in your life it has that exact feel those movies have.
If like me you had never heard anything about this book before then I definitely would encourage you to take a chance on it as its such a lovely, funny read.
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