Mike Reviews: Something No One Knows by Joshua Gayou

Genre: Coming of age / YA / Sci-fi

Format: Audiobook (also available on Kindle and paperback)

As an high school sophomore, Aiden Kelly’s biggest problems should be his failing grades, his abusive father, being a self-proclaimed loner, or getting pummeled by the football team. Instead, Aiden’s number one dilemma is a guy called Tony, a senior who seems to know all sorts of things that should be impossible to know.

When Aiden crosses Tony’s path in the vice-principal’s office, they form a mysterious connection, and only Tony knows the truth about it. But as their friendship grows, the strings of destiny tying their lives together slowly begin to unravel with deadly consequences.

Now, Aiden must decide which is worse: to return to his degenerate, loner existence, or experience the friendship of a lifetime – where one of them might not survive.

Honestly? At first I wasn’t sure what to make of the story.

First of all, the narrators did a great job of voicing the characters, and I enjoyed the way the dialogue was written. The point of the plot itself was interesting, but it was almost secondary to the story’s main course, which was a coming-of-age story. Sort of like how The Time Traveller’s Wife is primarily a romance, and the time travel is secondary.

I really enjoy coming-of-age stories, but I was expecting a solid sci-fi story and was in that mindset going into this. So I have to say I was disappointed for that reason.

Also, it took way too long to get to the reason behind Tony being there, and the reveal was underwhelming.

Still, having said that, I did enjoy the story, and probably would have appreciated it more if I hadn’t been expecting a different sort of story.

There’s also some LGBT relevance in the story, although it’s not a LGBT romance as such. But I won’t elaborate further, and save you the spoilers.

Goodreads rating: 4.3 / 5

Mike’s rating: 3.8 / 5

Page count: 494

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