The Very Charming Life of Lincoln Jones

Posted November 1, 2016 by Bee in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Very Charming Life of Lincoln Jones

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

by Wendelin Van Draanen
Published on October 25th 2016
by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Award-winning author Wendelin Van Draanen gives us a brilliantly fresh and funny story about a boy learning to become the brave hero of his own life. Perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and The Fourteenth Goldfish.

My secret life is filled with psychic vampires, wheelchair zombies, chain-rattlin’ ghosts, and a one-eyed cat. But they’re nothing compared to my real-life stalker: a sixth-grade girl named Kandi Kain. . .

Lincoln Jones is always working on the latest story he’s got going in his notebook. Those stories are his refuge. A place where the hero always prevails and the bad guy goes to jail. Real life is messy and complicated, so Lincoln sticks to fiction and keeps to himself. Which works fine until a nosy girl at his new school starts prying into his private business. She wants to know what he’s writing, where he disappears to after school, and why he never talks to anybody. . . .

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones is a terrifically funny and poignant story about a boy finding the courage to get to know the real characters all around him—and to let them know him.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

Well, this was utterly charming. That’s the word that pops into my head when I think of this book. Charming. There is so much to love about this book but at the same time it didn’t quite reach the heights I would’ve wanted it to. Because it definitely could have. But I still liked it lots and lots.

So before I go forth and list all the awesome things about this book, I’m going to have to be a negative nancy for a bit and tell you the things that I didn’t like quite as much. They’re small and probably mostly just me, but I need to mention them because, hey, that’s why you’re here after all. I think. Maybe. Possibly. ANYWAY. So the first thing that bothered me throughout the book is this thing where the MC Lincoln’s mind wanders a bit as he’s talking about something, explaining things and then when he goes back to the original topic, he goes “But back to…” and that happened a lot. Especially in the beginning. And it got annoying after a while. It’s a silly thing to complain about, I know, but there you go. The second thing is that I don’t feel like this book dug as deep into the heart of the story as it could have. Like it only scratched the surface and could have gone SO much deeper and touched my heart SO much more. But that could just be me. All of this. It’s just the things that irked me while reading, please be aware of that.

OKAY, so now that that’s over and done with, I can go on and talk about the things I LOVE about this book. Starting with the writing. Other than that tiny little thing I mentioned earlier, the writing was very very lovely. It was easy to read and easy to get sucked into and it did hit me in the feels a bit at some points. That, combined with fairly short chapters, made this a very quick read to me. And I liked that. And with the writing also came the fantastic voice of the main character Lincoln. I LOVED his voice. And I adore him. He’s such a precious little munchkin and I just want to cuddle him and wrap him in blankets. He was also fairly relatable to me in some ways. Like how he writes stories and is kind of socially awkward a bit and tends to hide in those stories he writes. That was very much me at that age. I loved following him through this story and seeing him grow. I also loved the other characters, who were all very layered no matter how small their role was. But one of my favorite things of this book was Lincoln’s relationship with his mom. It is SO awesome to see great parent-child relationships in books. I love that. And I loved the bond between Lincoln and his mom. All the love for those two. OH and male POV ftw. Seriously.

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones is a very charming and quite touching middle grade book that I do absolutely encourage you to read. It has a great voice, lovely writing and super-likable characters. So what more do you want, really? Go forth and read it, I say.


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