Format: Hardback ARC
Many thanks to lovereading.co.uk and Weidenfeld & Nicholson for the copy of this novel! My opinions are all non-bias and I received this from the publishers in exchange for an honest review as I’m on the panel of reviewers at lovereading.co.uk!
When I was first given the chance to read Ostrich, I jumped at it. It’s been compared to the likes of The Fault in Our Stars and Submarine, so naturally, I was immediately drawn to it, especially as John Green’s novels are always surrounded by so much hype and love.
The cover! Wow. The UK edition is bright orange and so retro, not to mention gorgeous. I recently read and reviewed Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, and there was a quote by her on the cover that claimed it was irresistible…I knew right then that I was going to be reading that ASAP.
I knew right away this was something unique. Not just unique…it was one of a kind, a mesmerising, detailed look into the complicated life of Alex. He was a character that many readers long to read about; Matt Greene gave us a deep look into the life of Alex with a witty, quirky character with a real story tell.
Half way through Ostrich, I recalled that it reminded me of when I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower because of in the way Matt Greene had given us a detailed look into Alex’s life in the way he told his story in a very truthful, intuitive way. It was slowly placed, and that was perfect for the genre it was set in, as to not rush the story along, and I loved that it was that way. It was downright hilarious in places that literally made me want to write all these different quotes down to write with my review, but there were so many witty one-liners that I kept picking a different favourite! Alex was just such a smart, funny and knowledgeable young boy, and that opened up my eyes to how refreshing it was to read about such an extraordinary character. He wasn’t naïve and understood everything about his brain surgery and just how much his parents loved him. There was this one quote that stood out as my favourite. It’s about Alex saying that he is his mother’s world. And she would die for him. That, is what I call truly connecting with the reader.