Book Review: Wildman by JC Geiger

“How can a total stranger understand you better than the people you’ve known your entire life?”
When Lance’s ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don’t panic. After all, he’s valedictorian of his class. First-chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks.

But the locals don’t know that. They don’t even know his name. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.

He’s ordering drinks at a roadhouse. Jumping a train. Talking to an intriguing older girl who is asking about his future. And what he really wants. As one day blurs into the next, Lance finds himself drifting farther from home and closer to a girl who makes him feel a way he’s never felt before—like himself.

Release Date: June 2017
Age Group:  YA, Contemporary
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Reviewed By: Maryn

Lance Hendricks has it all, a bright future all laid out, but he is dissatisfied, unsettled, stuck.

He feels that a direct path has been laid out for him, and he doesn't have any say in his future. When his car breaks down on his way home from an audition, he is left stranded in a sketchy town in the middle of nowhere. And that's where things tried to get interesting.

I really enjoyed the first few chapters of Wildman, but it felt like a chore as I continued reading, the pacing was just too slow. And Lance Hendricks wasn't a very likable character and I had a hard time relating to him. He was very indecisive, and his train of thought was often hard to follow. Basically, he was your typical guy, so I think guys might relate better to him.

I think some of my disinterest was due to the fact that some of the details just didn't relate to the main story and weren't necessary to the plot. It left me bored.

I really enjoyed  the authors writing style and the way he described things in specific detail (when it related to the plot). His detail really added to my imagination and did make parts of the story more vivid and enjoyable. Although I didn't love the book, I feel that it provides a lot of important life lessons and it did make me think of myself in different situations and how I might react. I think this might be a book that guys my age would enjoy, they can definitely relate to Lance better than I can.

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