360 to Paradise - Casey Marx

See this and all of my reviews on Mystereity Reviews

Equal parts exciting, poignant, thrilling and frustrating, 360 to Paradise is the 21st century's Catcher in the Rye.

This was a captivating read! When I received a copy of this book to review, my first thought was that I was too far out of youth culture to get into it. I was so wrong! I was quickly absorbed into Cody's world from the very first page. Cody is a kid with a lot of baggage; he never knew his real parents, grew up as a foster kid and has apparently never had anything in the way of a support structure. As a result, he's had to find his own way in life and is doing a poor job of it. I spent half the book wanting to give the poor kid a hug and the other half wanting to give him a kick in the pants.

The plot was off like a shot right from the first page and follows 24 hours in Cody's hedonistic life; drugs, sex, partying and all the trouble it brings. His best friend is pregnant, his drug dealer is after him and he risked all of his money on a last ditch attempt at finding his real father. As he makes his way through his day, Cody is forced to confront the reality of his situation and learns a lot of very hard lessons. And that's the beauty of this story; it's not a retelling of a day-in-the-life, it's a heartbreaking look into one boy's struggle as he comes of age.

Overall, 360 To Paradise is a stellar read that will captivate readers young and old.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.