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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik ARC by David Arnold
Published by Viking Children’s
Release Date: May 22, 2018
YA Contemporary Fiction, 411 pages
I received a copy of this novel at Yallwest this year, and I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this book up. I was pleasantly surprised with how great it was, and it was also so hilarious that I still can’t get over how quick and funny it was.
My Summary: Noah is a strange guy, with strange fascinations. I don’t know how else to put it. Everything goes to hell when he gets hypnotized one night, and things aren’t the same. He’s obsessed with the same few things though. He watches the same YouTube video, looks at the same forgotten face in a photo, and reads the same books over and over. He even wears the same clothes everyday. Multiple pairs, same clothes (just to clarify). But everything else in his life is almost like it’s the complete opposite. His friends, his family, his past.
This book had many great attributes to it. One being “The delicate triangle”, referring to Noah and his two best friends who are twins. This was very well written, as their relationships and characters were a large portion of this novel. Noah’s relationship with his family was, as assumed, typical in teenagers and ultimately became a stronger bond near the end of the novel.
This novel was all about the mysterious plot, and how Noah had to figure out what had happened to him, and how to undo it. His character definitely developed, maybe the most I’ve seen in a while. And I was very impressed by his adventure. The dialogue in this book was funny and interesting and I especially enjoyed the texting conversations.
I particularly loved the Mila Henry portions, the quotes at the beginning of each part in the book, and her mystery drawing from in her novel. I found her writings interesting and well intricated into the novel.
This book was so damn funny though, I couldn’t believe it at times. More than once I had to stop reading for five minutes because my eyes were watering so bad because I couldn’t stop laughing. I highly recommend on this point alone.
Overall, this novel was hilarious and relatable, and I really loved the overall messages, and underlying themes. The important themes of loneliness and taking control and making your own life decisions are illustrated through Noah. Overall rating 5/5 stars
Description from Goodreads:
This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.
Then Noah → gets hypnotized.
Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations . . .
Thank you for reading guys! I would like to add that this is one of my first reviews, and my style format may change as I play around with it. Overall, I really enjoyed being in Noah’s head, and reviewing this novel!