RELEASE DATE: 16th October 2015
BLURB: Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.
Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.
Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.
But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.
After all, what could possibly go wrong?
To say I loved this book is an understatement. This story and especially Gus is simply unforgettable. Tj Klune is a new author for me, and I’m forever grateful for a friend who picked this book for us to read together. Tj Klune has a new ‘superfan’ for life. His humor and writing style is out of this world brilliant. His word choices, the way he forms his sentences make his writing unique and very powerful. His ability to make you feel so much is absolutely breathtaking. I was smiling, grinning, snickering, and literally laughing out loud, then, in just a few paragraphs, my heart was aching and breaking. I was in love with Gus after two pages. I’m a true sucker for guys like him, although it’s been a really long time since I read such a lovable character. Gustavo’s every move, every line, emotion and reaction just spoke to me, made my heart filled with affection and love. Tj Klune is a master manipulator of the readers’ heart. He fills you with so many feels that you get all warm and fuzzy and never want the book to end.
The writing is flawless with lots of humor, memorable one-liners, some unique and quirky secondary characters, and an unforgettable couple. Matching a lonely, weird, strange and in the best possible way abnormal Gus with an asexual, stoner hipster creates a wonderful atmosphere. The little details that add an extra layer of awesomeness make this story truly amazing, like Gus’ pet ferret, the heartwarming flashbacks with Pastor Tommy, the inspirational quotes, and the epic telephone conversations. Gus and Casey have a wonderful connection, showing us the power of hugs, the power of true love. Their unique personalities make this book a true gem. This is a definite must-read if you’re looking for an entertaining and heartwarming story with a brilliant sense of humor and lots of heart. I couldn’t put it down and never wanted it to end. Highly recommended!
FIVE HUMONGOUS STARS