Monday, July 4, 2016

STATIC BY ERIC LASTER

Hello everyone!

I am back with another review, today I am reviewing Static by Eric Laster. Thanks so much to Net Galley for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own!


This book was a riot, I really enjoyed it!

Basically, the story follows Curtis, who starts to get these weird phone calls from his dead brother, Wilt. Apparently he's in some sort of afterlife Walmart, Aftermart, where he has to see a therapist and as part of that therapy, talked to those he left behind. Upon getting these phone calls, Curtis decides that this is Wilt's way of telling him he was murdered, and that he should investigate.

I loved how, even though this book death with death and loss, there was still funny moments. Curtis refers to his mom as 'the parental' and the sort of adopted, not really adopted brothers and sister she brings home as 'pseudo-siblings.' There's lots of humour in this book, and not that annoying-okay-let's-get-this-over-with-it's-getting-old humour, good ol' fashioned, humour that I was actually laughing out loud to. I haven't read a book with this great a sense of humour in a long time.

Writing wise, this book actually reminded me a little of John Green's writing. To the point and witty, while still dealing with serious issues (i.e. death). However the story had that sort of magical realism that A.S. King is known for, with the talking on the phone to dead people.

I really liked Curtis, he was quite honest and blunt, but it was fun seeing him interacting with his two best friends. You really don't see a lot of all male POV in YA writing, and I found his voice refreshing and unique, compared to the typical female POVs. I also really loved his and Wilt's relationship, especially as it developed after Wilt's death. They weren't very close before he died, but through the phone calls, Wilt was able to pass on some of his "brotherly wisdom" to Curtis.

There were some things I didn't love about this book, and that was, unfortunately, a fairly major part of the book, which is why I am giving it perhaps a slightly lower rating than it could have received. And that was the whole dog fighting operation. This may be a bit of a spoiler, but it comes up fairly quickly in the story so I wouldn't really consider it one. Anyways, I just felt like it was an unnecessary element. Sure, Wilt needed to be going somewhere that night, but it could have been anything, anywhere. I think there was just a lot of details and build up for something that, in the end, had very little, if anything to do with Wilt's death.

I also felt like some of the details and things with Curtis's parents were unnecessary. We didn't really need that background info to have the story.

I will say, though, this book isn't a thriller. And maybe that's where my issues lie, I was expecting a murder mystery investigative, revenge plot, and that's just not what this book is. It is just a contemporary novel about a boy learning to come to grips with his brother's death, and maybe find out who killed him. It's not a psychological thriller where we see clues to the killer's motives at every corner. I think my obsession with those types of books made me want this book to be something more, something it just wasn't meant to be.

Overall, however, I did enjoy this book. It was hilarious and dealt with serious issues, while also teaching valuable lessons on life.