Monday, February 18, 2019

Guest Review: Mike by: Andrew Norriss


Today my sister Samantha has dropped by to review MIKE by: Andrew Norriss.

Release Date: February 26, 2019
from David Fickling Books
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Source: Received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"MEET FLOYD. He's a tennis star. Possibly good enough to win Wimbledon one day. MEET MIKE. He's... different. Apart from anything else, Floyd seems to be the only one who can see him. But Mike must have appeared for a reason. And finding out why is perhaps the most important thing Floyd will ever do..."

Sam's Review:

Today I’m reviewing Mike by Andrew Norriss and I think the best way to start this review would be to talk about my first impressions based on the cover of the book and the description on the back. The summary on the back tells about how the main character Floyd starts seeing this boy named Mike, that nobody else can see. Floyd throughout the novel has to figure out why Mike is there, and what he wants. It is a tale of self discovery and learning to follow your own path. The cover is a teenage boy holding a fish. I’m not above admitting that before starting the book, I was positive that Mike was the fish Floyd was holding. Not my best guess, but what the book actually ended up being was so much better, I can’t really explain why without spoiling the story, so you’ll just have to read to find out.

The story is told from the third person point of view, which I really enjoyed. As much as I love first person stories and hearing everything from the perspective of the main character, there was something about the detachedness of the perspective that I liked. The reader didn’t have to go through every thought Floyd had, but instead we only saw what was most important, how he felt going through everything. In a way it made Floyd a character that was easier to see yourself in, because although not everyone has been through specifically what he has, we’ve all felt the way he has and we can recognize that through this method of storytelling. Or at least I was able to. Maybe I’m just rambling, because I always see myself in characters told in first person, but this was just something I personally haven’t seen too often that I really enjoyed.

I think the lesson I learned from this book is that in some sense or another we all have a Mike. Not in the sense that we all have an imaginary boy showing up at the most inconvenient yet important moments, but more in that we all have somebody that shows up when we need them and that we take those people with us through the lessons they teach us. Much like Floyd learns in the novel, it’s important we listen to them and find what makes us happy.

Now comes the part where I ask myself “would I recommend this to other readers?” No surprise here, I totally would. As I said, it’s an interesting story, with an amazing lead character and an even better lesson to be learned. Also added bonus if you’re an animal geek like me, they talk about fish, like, a lot. I actually learned some things about marine biology which I think is just overall super cool. Basically, if you’ve liked other books I’ve reviewed for Teresa, you’d probably really enjoy this one as well. It was right up my alley while also veering me into a new direction of books I never would’ve picked up otherwise.

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