Well. Um. Wow. I expected so much more from a previous winner of CBC’s Canada Reads. This is the story of a family whose members, for generations, predict an apocalypse date, are incorrect and subsequently commit suicide. But this time, when Mama Randall’s chosen date comes and goes, she moves West with her daughter to buy time. Teen Hope Randall meets Mickey Bauermann and hijinks ensue. Never have I become so tired of repeated references; ramen noodles in pink and yellow packaging, in particular. I started out liking this book, hit the middle and found myself begging for the end to come – apocalyptically or otherwise. It was noted on the back cover that this was a book translated from the original Quebecois. Perhaps it was merely “lost in translation” but for me but this one is a non, non go.
2010 Random House 254 Pages