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this book changed my life well maybe not really but i have to say that this is one of those books that i will always always refer to as my favorite book It s a black comedy and full of amazing one liners I laughed and cried reading this book By the end of the book you are so attached to the characters that you feel like you ve lost your best friends Its clear from the beginning that things are not going to end well for this book, but it doesn t keep you from wanting to read it This book will make you really think about life. [[ Free Epub ]] ⇛ Ready, Okay! ↙ REVISED SECOND EDITION The Day I Turned Sixteen Years Old I Had No Idea That In A Few Weeks Nearly Everyone I Cared About Would Be Dead It Was Therefore With A Free And Unclouded Spirit That I Went Down To The DMV And Failed My Driving Test Allen Mockery S Family Is In Ruins He And His Siblings Have Been Left To Fend For Themselves, And The Results Gang Fights In The Driveway The Occasional Police Raid And Explosions Are Among The Less Disconcerting Sounds From The Room Across The Hall I Ll Have A Kiwano Cherimoya Smoothie, Please And For My Two Free Mix Ins, Paprika And Ibuprofen Allen Has Found A Refuge At His Best Friend Peggy S House Hers Seemed Like The Ideal Family, A Dramatic Contrast To His Own But Now It Too Is Showing Signs Of Falling Apart She Looked Like She D Been Treated With A Glaze Made From Fairies Wings And Angels Haloes He Had The Body Of A Greek God, And Not Even One Of The Crappy Ones Like Deipneus The God Of Bread At School He Meets September At First Her Family Seems To Have It Together So Why Is She Always Calling In A Panic, Asking For Help With Yet Another Crisis Someone Had Put On Super Sounds Of Stagflation Or Some Other Best Of The S Compilation, And He Had Taken To The Dance Floor Like A One Man Disco Inferno, Or At Least A Disco Grease Fire All Right, What Gives Somber Plot Lines, Warnings Of Disaster But Wacky Quotes Is This A Rollicking Comedy Or A Bleak Tragedy Answer Yes This Book Is An Emotional Roller Coaster One Minute You Re Laughing At The Narrator, Next Minute Your Heart Is Pounding, Next Minute You Can T Sit Still, Next Minute You Re Screaming And The Next Minute You Re Crying Then It Starts Again Sarah Strickland, Goodreads Do Not Turn Your Back On This Novel It Is Garishly Funny, Fierce As Hell, And Surprisingly, Suddenly, Full Of Grace Daniel Handler, Aka Lemony Snicket If You Ve Read This Book Before, But The Quotes Look A Little Unfamiliar Not Quite What You Remember From The Hardcover That S Because This Is The Fully Revised Second Edition Of Ready, Okay Visit To Learn About It On Cadre s website, he mentions that one of his favorite kinds of stories are those which establish a false ceiling they suggest a certain narrative capacity, which is eventually surpassed when the reason for that initial limitation is revealed and eliminated He does something similar in this book, in which a precocious high schooler relates the events leading up to his final year of school, at the end of which as he warns in the very first line, and periodically thereafter nearly everyone he cares about will be dead.That would make for a grim tale, were it not for two things the narrator Allen s constant quipping, and his adoration for the bright spots he sees in the broken world around him These bright spots take the form of the girls in his life, almost without exception his sisters, neighbors, and friends are pretty much the only things he cares about, and so most of this story is about them.Unfortunately, other people also inhabit Allen s world, and they tend toward monstrous caricature His brothers exemplify this one s a self absorbed computer prodigy who barely leaves his room, while the other is every bad stereotype about teenage boys wrapped in an acne covered, hateful package Those who fail to feature in Allen s personal constellation of astonishing perfection are reduced to cardboard cut outs with no depth or complexity, except in those cases where they reveal hidden depths of malice.So between the extravagant cast of characters and Allen s joke a minute delivery, the pace can be a little exhausting at times a fact exacerbated by his disinterest in a chronological description of events.Despite what I ve written here, I really enjoyed the book, even if certain of Allen s attitudes and aspects of his single minded perspective hit uncomfortably close to home It feels a bit like what you might get if Wes Anderson had grown up reading comics in the 80s, and wound up as a writer rather than a filmmaker. Yep just gonna sit here and sob Actual review to come once I can see through my tears.Ok, ok I ve collected myself So I read the first edition of this book when I was a freshman or sopho in high school And it was easily my favorite book of all time for years and years I reread it a few times and I am not typically a rereader So when Adam let me know he was actually doing a complete rewrite of this book and releasing it as a second edition, I was nervous if I m being honest But I really shouldn t have been Yes, some things changed, how we got from point A to point D changed, a few of my favorite lines disappeared, but the story and the characters are unequivocally the same In the best way possible And the rewrite honestly made the story flow so much smoother.So comparison to the first edition aside this was wonderful Ready, Okay is an incredible picture of people Of how hard it is to be a teenager Of real world heartbreak and heartache This book faces real world issues head on and really truly cuts to your heart You get so attached to the characters and you know from the beginning that this isn t going to end well that they wont all make it out alive I mean this book has the most memorable first sentence ever The day I turned sixteen years old I had no idea that in a few weeks nearly everyone I cared about would be dead How can you not want to keep reading after that I can t say enough about this one Just read it Do yourself a favor and read it. I don t know how to feel right now. My feelings about this book are complex I want to talk to other people I know who have read it, but due in part to the subject matter, I would also have a hard time exactly recommending it to people It s dark, though not dour, and it both deals with trauma as a story element AND happens to coincide with real life trauma that shows up in the news again and again But I gave it five stars because I read than half of it in a single day I couldn t stop myself from going back to it.A complicating factor here is that I ve been a reader of Cadre s blog for over a decade, and just now got around to his novel While I don t know his life story, I do know some of the personal things he s shared there, and I can project some of the ways they might have shaped this story it s difficult for me to divorce the writer from the writing because of that strong parasocial impression Some of the protagonist s issues and limits of perspective seem deliberate markers of his gender, age and circumstance And some of the material that made me uncomfortable is, I think, an argument on behalf of the author an argument about reexamining the American culture of relationships, particularly within families Between those two things is a subtle gray area that I found tricky to navigate.The argumentative material provoked a lot of thought The teenage boy perspective provoked a familiar discomfort I don t think either of those is bad But because of their overlap, and because of my own limits of perspective, it seems like a wholehearted endorsement of the book would carry connotations that would concern me.I don t know I m glad I read it, and people don t seem to have a problem recommending, like, Lolita But Ready, Okay deserves to be handled with care it s loaded. When I finished this book, I called it good, and also said I was devastated The charming array of characters from the first half found drugs, abuse, failure, loss, or worse The picture of our society that is painted here is sharply critical and overwhelmingly sad One aspect of this social critique is the world of teenagers At first it seems that parents are just absent from the narrative, in the way that parents are not part of teenagers social scene, but further reading shows that the best parent is oblivious Their children may whore themselves out for drugs More often parents, or guardians are neglectful Sometimes they are abusive The best parent of the story is the narrator s father To bad he s dead He also had five children with a woman who seemed to have little interest in them, so he was far from perfect In some sense, there was a need for meaningful authority to reward goodness and protect the innocent, but it never happened The parents themselves were too busy seeking whatever they thought might give their lives meaning The other thing, and it is connected, is the way that boys sexuality is portrayed They bully, cajole, and rape the girls The girls are often oblivious to the way they are mistreated, are unempowered by their world, their parentless and therefore loveless lives, and with few exceptions, accept this treatment At one point, a notorious deflowerer of girls explains to the narrator that all women are masochists They like boys when there is a potential to hurt His list of conquests for so he views them seem to bear out his theory in this story So 1 read the book 2 punch somebody in the crouch who s thinking with it 3 If you are going to have a child love it And tell it that if it thinks with its crouch instead of its heart you ll punch it in the crouch. The very first sentence of this book tells you that it s not going to end happily Lots of people are going to die Within the first couple chapters you realize that they re going to die in a shooting, probably reminiscent of Columbine And you are not mistaken Don t get me wrong this book is very funny The characters are memorable, unique, and yet stunningly familiar to anyone who went to high school in the last decade and perhaps longer I don t know what high school was like before the early 1990s Granted, my high school years were notably lacking in the sex, drugs, alcohol, and violence departments, but adolescents are still adolescents regardless of whether they re being self destructive The narrator s commentary on child and teenage communication is hilariously accurate, and I felt myself nodding along with a lot of the inanity.However, during the last hundred pages or so it starts to drag a bit Tragedy after tragedy strikes, people start acting very much unlike teenagers or real people at all , and there is a lengthy and rather disturbing discussion of nudism and incest It s one of those books that I m glad I read, but I m also not surprised it wasn t what you might call critically acclaimed Ultimately I think I would recommend this book to teenagers It s most relevant to their lives the rest of us are lucky enough to have lived through it already. I didn t care for the book as I was reading it at first The character development was exhausting, But it needed to be It made me whole heartedly feel each emotion This is a book that will stick with me for a lifetime Wow Just wow. I read this book explicitly to take a break from reading books like this, but unfortunately you don t realize it s that kind of book until you re too far into it Fortunately, however, it s the best one of it s kind that I ve read so far.