Noah Can’t Even

Noah Can't Even

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I bought it!


Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother’s Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is…Well, it’s pure HELL. Why can’t Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone – maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely – he’d be seen in a different light? But Noah’s plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That’s when things go from bad to utter chaos.


I can totally see the appeal of this book. I can see that so many people would enjoy it. It’s light, it’s quite fun and it’s about identity/finding yourself. Yet, at some points I found myself rolling my eyes at this book. It felt a little ridiculous. Whilst this might work for some people, it didn’t really work for me, however, something about it kept me reading, so surely that says something?

Our main character, Noah, is having a pretty shocking time. His Dad has disappeared and his Mum constantly embarrasses him. Noah’s Gran has dementia which is getting progressively worse. Noah has Harry though, a wonderful friend who has always been there for him. Noah is desperate to be ‘normal’ like everyone else. He strikes a friendship up with Sophie who he wants more from. If they get together maybe he’d been seen differently by his peers. Noah’s situation gets even worse when Harry kisses him at a party. Noah’s life seems to be spiralling out of control!

This really was a quick read, that didn’t take me long to read. I can see why people have mixed feelings about it. Noah is quite an infuriating character. I found the way he dealt with situations incredibly frustrating. The humour is quite immature and can be a little crude in places. I know I’m not the target audience…maybe others wouldn’t find it as cringy as I did. I have to admit that some moments in this story did make me laugh out loud, so it’s not all negative.

If you’re into a dramatic contemporary read then I’d say to definitely try this book out. There’s so much teen drama to get stuck into (which’ll either suck you in or annoy you!) and a lot going on throughout the story.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- This book is definitely not for everyone and whilst I found it easy enough to read, it wasn’t a memorable read for me.

I wasn’t the target audience for this book. It didn’t quite sit right with me, but I know others would enjoy it!

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