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Book review: The Book of Jonas, by Stephen Dau

So, here's the thing. Sometimes I get to review books for the BlogHer book club, and they're always the most random assortment of books. This is a great thing as, left to my own devices, I would read nothing other than young adult books about cute boys in dystopian worlds.

Not that there's anything wrong with dystopias with cute boys in them.
This one is described as "The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor" and I CAN'T WAIT!!

Anyway, the latest BlogHer book club read is The Book of Jonas, by Laurence Dau. Now, if you want to get me to read a book really quickly? Then tantalize me with some sort of "surprise twist" and make every other review of the book be like "I CAN'T REVEAL THE SECRET OF THIS BOOK!"

Suffice it to say, I devoured this book in like, 24 hours. And I will join the ranks of the "THIS BOOK HAS A CRAZY TWIST THAT I CAN NEVER REVEAL" book reviewers by telling you that this is one of those books where you're reading and reading and then something CRAZY is revealed that makes you need to reread the whole book over again.

I would describe this as "The Life of Pi meets Fight Club by way of The Kite Runner."

Oh, what's that? The plot? 'K, here's the deal:

Younis lives in an unnamed Muslim country. After something mysterious happens to his family and his village, he's sent as a refugee to live in the US. And, during sessions with his therapist, it comes to light that something MYSTERIOUS happened involving Younis (who renames himself Jonas, I should mention) and a US military guy named Christopher. And so then stuff happens with Jonas and Christopher's mother, who's trying to figure out what happened to her son (SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS) and... it all works itself out. MYSERIOUSLY.

Overall, it was a quick read (made all the quicker because I had to find out what the mysterious event was OMFG can't stop reading) and brings up some interesting things about war and how nobody's really a good guy or a bad guy. For more discussion, hit up the BlogHer discussion page.

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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