Title: The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson
Author: Bryan Furuness
Length: 312 pages
Where Bethany’s Copy Came From: IndyPL
Plot Basics: Revie Bryson’s mother has told him stories about Christ’s lost childhood episode, so much that he thinks he’s going to be the second coming of Christ himself. When divinity fails to appear, and Revie’s quirky family starts to fall apart, he finds himself caught up in his own episodes.
Banter and Bummer Points: So, depending on what day you ask me, I like this book or not. Furuness was an Emerging Author Finalist for the Indiana Authors Award this year. Without that, it’s probably unlikely that I would have ever picked this book up.
He draws compelling characters; I truly did want to know what happened to him. However, Revie often felt far older than he was in the story. In fact, one of the traumatic things in the plot (no spoilers), is because he’s about 12 and yet I kept reading him more like 16 or 17. His voice was more mature.
Also, the second coming of Jesus stuff if hilarious at the beginning but it kind of fails to follow through satisfactorily for me. Yes, it has consequences, but the back of the book makes it sound like that’s the only plot and the truth is, it’s really all about Revie and his family.
But the weird stuff that happens to this kid…it’s not abuse, but it would be hard for me to pick this book up and read it a second time.
Word Nerd Recommendation: If you like strange coming-of-age stories, then this one is a doozy. If you’d rather have a story where kids get to remain innocent a while longer, skip it.