|| Book Review || Tremendous Things by Susin Nielson ||
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Genre: Realistic Fiction, Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: May 25th 2021
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From Governor General’s Literary Award–winning author Susin Nielsen comes a funny and heartfelt story about learning how to rise above your most embarrassing moment with humor, best friends and a killer triangle solo.
We all have moments that define us. For the comically clueless Wilbur, his moment happened on the first day of middle school, when someone shared his private letter with the entire student body. It revealed some of Wilbur’s innermost embarrassing thoughts that no one else should ever know.
Now it’s the start of ninth grade and Wilbur hasn’t been able to escape that major humiliation. His good friend Alex stuck by him, but Alex doesn’t have as much time since he started dating Fabrizio. Luckily, Wil can confide in his best
friend: his elderly neighbor Sal. Also, Wil’s in the school band, where he plays the triangle. They’re doing an exchange program with students from Paris, and Wilbur’s billet, Charlie, a tall, chic young woman who plays the ukulele and burps with abandon, captures his heart. Charlie likes him, but only as a friend. So Alex, Fabrizio and Sal host a Queer Eye-style intervention to get Wil in shape and to build his confidence so he can impress Charlie when their band visits Paris, and just maybe replace humiliation with true romance in the City of Love.
Thank you so much to Kaleidoscopic Book Tours for organising the tour and the author and publisher for providing a beautiful gifted copy of the book for me to read and review.
This was my very first Nielson book and it definitely won’t be the last.
It is a book that I actually don’t know how to review in a way that conveys just how good it actually is.
This is the story of a teenage boy named Wilbur (after the pig in his favourite book, Charlottes Web) and his struggles with love, heartbreak, friendship, bullying, body shame and general awkwardness!
The writing is absolutely effortlessly full of fun, heart and humour. I don’t remember the last time a book had me giggling so much.
Wilbur is an amazing character with a lot of inner strength but no confidence in himself or who he is. His self improvement journey when he meets a girl he likes during an exchange trip is nothing short of wonderful.
Wilbur’s friends are in short supply in the beginning but the ones who does have, 85 year old best friend Sal and gay friend Alex are both absolutely adorable and I just really don’t have a bad word to say about the cast of characters at all.
Wilbur has a lot of teenage mishaps which I am sure young boys will find very relatable indeed and might just help to put a smile on a lot of faces.
The book touches upon a lot of issues and really packs a punch.
Quite honestly, it blew me away.
I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone so I will keep this review short and sweet and leave you with my parting words…
READ THIS BOOK!
About the Author
Susin Nielsen got her start writing for popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. Since then, she’s written for many Canadian TV shows and her young adult novels have received considerable critical acclaim. Word Nerd and My Messed-Up Life won multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen won the UKLA Award, the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year and many Young Readers’ Choice Awards, while We Are All Made of Molecules was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Susin lives in Vancouver with her family and two extremely destructive cats.