|(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
From the acclaimed and award-winning author: a beguiling new novel about an eavesdropping boy working to discover the obscure mysteries of his unraveling family. He uncovers instead what he least wants to know: the workings of his parents’ private lives. And even then he can’t stop snooping.
Miles Adler-Rich, helped by his friend Hector, spies and listens in on his separating parents. Both boys are in thrall to Miles’s unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is “pretty for a mathematician.” They rifle through her dresser drawers and strip-mine her computer diary, finding that all leads pull them straight into her bedroom, and into questions about a stranger from Washington, D.C., who weaves in and out of their lives. Their amateur detective work starts innocently but soon takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family’s well-being, prosperity, and sanity. Once burdened with this powerful information, the boys struggle to deal with the existence of evil, and proceed to concoct hilarious modes of revenge on their villains and eventually, haltingly, learn to offer animal comfort to those harmed and to create an imaginative path to their own salvation.
I hate to admit this, but Casebook was a DNF for me. I just could not get through this book - it didn't work for me. I found the the story to feel rather disjointed, which made reading it rather tiring. It was overly detailed (this could be due to the fact that it did read like stream of consciousness at times), had annoying footnotes (which were distracting), and too many characters to keep track of. Plus, the protagonist Miles nicknamed people, which threw me off when those people were mentioned by their actual names. I just didn't connect with the story at all and found myself feeling disappointed with what I was reading. I had really thought I would enjoy Casebook (especially, after reading Ti's review of it), but in the end I just didn't.
Of course, just because I didn't like the book, doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a go. According to loads of reviewers - it is an AMAZING read. Check out there reviews! Here's the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Casebook