Thursday, February 21, 2013

The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand

The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand
The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand

Gregory Galloway


Feb 2013

*This is an ARC copy via Library Thing giveaway* 5 Stars!

Adam Strand is not depressed, mentally ill, or even suicidal despite what rational thought may suggest.  He is just indifferent to life so he kills himself repeatedly only to wake up and try again.  He’s not trying to purposely hurt those around him, but he also doesn’t care how they feel.  He doesn’t care until someone, a girl, turns his own self absorbed world upside down.

For first half of the book I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.  Obviously the subject matter is sensitive and Mr. Galloway finds a unique approach to take it on, which is greatly appreciated, but I liked the fact that there was some laugh out loud moments.  I am a big fan of irony and black humor so that helped me continue to turn the pages even when the pacing was a bit slow in places.  Ultimately I am giving this one five stars is because if I gave it four then in a couple of days, after thinking about it more, I would come back and change it to five stars.  It’s one of those books that I will think about a lot in the next week, and then in three months I will hear or see something that will make me think about it all over again, and so on.

I do recommend this book.  Everyone will have different experience with it leading to many different opinions that will turn in conversations on a subject that needs to be discussed instead of ignored.


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