Title: Extraordinary Adventures, Author: Daniel Wallace, Genre: Adult Fiction, Trigger warning: minor drugs and murder, Publication date: May 30th 2017, Rating: starstarstar/5


31451136.jpgEdsel’s quiet life turns upside down for the first time ever when he wins a two-night stay at Florida-resort! Despite the telephone operator denying any strings attached to the offer, there are two constraints that Edsel has to adhere to. The first is a time-restriction and the other is the obligation to find someone to accompany him. Edsel’s story is told in the form of a countdown in which he tries to wade through his incredibly uncluttered life to find someone. It is charming, humorous, and concise. Extraordinary Adventures is a very well written book for any type of reader.

Daniel Wallace, the author, presents Edsel in a very certain way in the prologue. He plants the image of an old and stubborn man on the phone, one of those people that will pick a fight with the operator, we all know the type. But as we move through the chapters, a very different character emerges. Edsel is a thirty-something -year-old office worker that isn’t very strong willed. He’s quirky and quiet but not a complete introvert. He’s kind of brave and that aspect isn’t presented as something surprising but as something natural. Therefore, I found a great inconsistency with how Edsel was portrayed and his actions. Furthermore, the contrast between Edsel in the prologue and the beginning of the book is very sharp and misleading. I liked Edsel, but the minor characters were written more consistently and therefore shone a bit brighter.

There are a few other characters and I appreciate Wallace for keeping the cast of characters the same throughout the book. I despise when characters are used once to prove a point and later discarded, in Extraordinary Adventures this was not the case. Just like in real life, characters don’t just disappear, they were present and prevalent throughout the story. *DJ Khaled* I like that!

You are sure to fly through it considering the short chapters. Wallace’s writing is easy to follow, the major quirk are the names he uses for his characters – Edsel Bronfman, Crouton, Thomas Edison – that may feel a bit too much but becomes an appropriate balance to the simple writing.

It’s a solid summer book. It’s not amazing or very introspective. It’s a pleasant 336 paged escape. That’s why it won’t get more than 3 stars from me. In its own category I would give it something closer to a 4-star rating. But as a whole, it’s a solid 3-star rating. (Please remember that I gave my fav series in the world The Raven Cycle a 3-star rating.)

The publication date is great since it’s very close to summer. I believe a lot of people will enjoy this as a beach- or pool-side read! I’m definitely getting a copy to throw at one of my friends on the beach.


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