By Lesley Choyce
Summary: For 16 year old Joe life doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Both of his parents were killed in a car accident, and four years later he is still trying to deal with the loss. Through a series of tape recordings, Joe tries to find meaning and purpose to his existence, something with which to move forward.
Review: Choyce’s novel is indeed random. There is a lot of meandering thoughts with not a lot of focus. However, this writing style creates a completely unique reading experience where you feel like you are having a very intimate conversation with the protagonist, that you’re privy to his innermost thoughts. While dry at times, Random actually does an amazing job of capturing the thought process of many teens. Joe is relatable in his brokenness, resulting in a story that is earnest with a lot of heart.
Also by Lesley Choyce: Raising Orion and The Book of Michael
Author website: http://www.lesleychoyce.com/
Rating: W3/4 C4/4 P2.5/4 O3.5/4 PP2/4 CR3/4
Grade Level: S