1.16.2012

Novella Review: The Liberation of Max McTrue by Kim Culbertson

The Liberation of Max McTrue by Kim Culbertson
Publisher: Book Baby e-Books
Format: eGalley (courtesy of the author)
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: Feb. 01, 2012
Have you ever had an extraordinary day?


Max hadn’t. Until one winter day when he met a girl.

THE LIBERATION OF MAX MCTRUE takes place in a single day. The classic Boy Meets Girl story. Well, sort of: Boy meets homeschooled girl. Boy ditches school. Boy finds his future. And there's an ice cream truck. And archery. It's a bit like what would happen if Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Alchemist had a kid, well...a kid who was a YA eBook novella. You get the idea.

Max took a day off and found his life.

Who changed your life today?

"People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don't think that's true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world."
-Clara Jane, The Liberation of Max McTrue by Kim Culbertson, pg. 124
I love this story! The Liberation of Max McTrue may not be a full novel, but it manages tell a very important story in just 190 pages. I was sucked in by the seemingly random events of the first few pages, and made to keep reading by the subtle emotions the writing evoked inside me. The problem Max faces--suddenly realizing that he has no idea where he's headed in life--is one that many of us face sooner or later. But as he follows Clara Jane around, he discovers more about himself than ever before.

The book is full of interesting characters who are realistic and easy to like; Max, Clara Jane, Emmerson, Darcy. Many people make appearances in the story, and each one manages to leave an impression, no matter how short their appearance. Each person who comes into the story, and each conversation had changes Max and the way he looks at his life. Piece by piece, he begins to see his real self, and what he really wants out of life. He also begins to understand himself for the first time in his life.

I love the notion that so much can change in just a day; because it can. This story uses a fun setting to explore the emotional change one experiences while doing just so. It's about being who you really are. It's powerful and moving, but very subtle in its approach. A few of the events seemed a little too far-fetched to me, but maybe that's because I need to have a liberating day as well. ;) With strong characterizations and beautiful writing, I highly recommend it.


Read this if:
...you want to experience something powerful!

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Clean read.





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