Rating: 3/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult Historical fiction (LGBT)
This book wasn’t really in my planned list for this year but I kept hearing good things about it so I decided to check it out. The first 3 chapters were pretty good and the writing was witty and fun to read.
Among the characters, Percy and Felicity are my favorite. As for Monty, who is the main protagonist, I liked him at first, even found his antics amusing. But I’m sorry to say they got old real fast. Monty was a jerk and after the first 3 chapters, I found it hard to like him. He was too self-absorbed and seemed to only care for himself. He just kept making life harder for himself and others.
His backstory, however, made me feel sorry for him and I figure the bad things that happen to you and scar you and shape your life in a certain direction are the reasons why he was so messed up. I guess I would have liked it better if he weren’t such a jerk but I did understand why he was one. It’s hard to be strong, to be a good person when no one gives you a good foundation to grow on.
That said, for some people, no matter how much crap life dumps on them, no matter how much other people hurt them and put them down, they don’t let that break them. I tried to like Monty but I hated how he was determined to throw his life down the gutter.
As for the story itself, all the many incidents as the gang trekked across Europe turned out to be just a tad too much. Instead of amusing, it all appeared tiresome. Even the ending was kind of flat – though Monty did redeem himself in the end enough to maybe deserve Percy. Overall I’d say this book wasn’t for me, but maybe others will enjoy it more.