Synopsis from the back of the book: Sixteen-year-old Tyler’s big dream of becoming a top immunologist could come crashing down if he doesn’t manage all of the little things right now.
But when this obsessive-compulsive science geek confronts a school election, a demeaning job, needy tutees, a first girlfriend, and the possible extinction of honeybees, there are suddenly too many things to manage.
Tyler’s catastrophically humorous run for high school student council convinces the principal that he’s a troublemaker, while it wins him the admiration and desire of Rachel, a smart and iconoclastic reporter for the school paper.
A new night job at a nursing home puts Tyler on a collision course with his new foster parents, a childless middle-aged couple with an agenda and a tragic past of their own. And the pain of his mother’s death becomes too big for him to ignore.
Set on the mean streets of suburban Las Vegas, The Genius of Little Things is about how you can’t always get what you want. But sometimes, well, you know…
Number of pages: 224
My review: This is truly a fantastic novel! The main character, Tyler, has such a no-nonsense attitude and the way he tells the story is so straight to the point, that you are immediately drawn to him and all of his quirks. From the get-go I wondered about his past and what plans he had for the future (which you learn about as the story progresses) and as you continue reading you take a journey with Tyler through his crazy life and delve into his mind to see just what exactly he thinks about different situations.
I found Tyler also extremely relatable, especially when he was considering options to “pad his college application” to make himself seem more well-rounded and the struggle he has with writing the plethora of college essays which ask the dreaded question of “tell me about yourself.” I also found it quite hilarious that Tyler felt the need to pump up his college application with extra curriculars because he was obviously already a genius who had been studying topics, which I had never heard of in, elementary school.
The book itself is simply amazing and made me laugh out loud continuously The journey that Tyler and the characters around him go through is extremely heartfelt and has you rooting for certain characters from the minute they are introduced. Tyler himself is inspiring and not exactly wholesome but he brings a certain edge or finesse to the story that is hard to find in other characters in similar novels.
Overall, an excellent story and huge thank you to Larry Buhl for sending me the book to read and review! I will continue to look for new novels from him in the upcoming future. (Actually his next book We’re Here to Help is coming out this spring!)
See you soon!