I enjoy reading the Young Adult genre to gauge new books for my kids to read. This will definitely be one to pass on to them. Check out our review to see why.
Disclosure: I received this book to review through iREAD BOOK TOURS, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Brian McSpadden is always hungry. Does he have a disease? Worms? Does it have something to do with his being adopted? He spends his days at his crazy friend Danny’s house, hoping for snacks, but nothing seems to fill the void.
Then Brian receives a mysterious birthday card that says, Free Pizza. He soon discovers the card has nothing to do with food and everything to do with the big questions in his life: where did I come from, why did my mother give me up and is there anyone out there who will like me the way I am?
I have a tendency to read books based on their covers or titles and not what they are about. 99.9% of the time, I don’t read the excerpt so when I read a book, I have zero clue what I am reading.
In this case, not only did I have no clue what it was about; I apparently forgot (or didn’t know) it was considered a “middle-grade fiction”.
I have zero problems reading this genre. In fact, I enjoy it because I have two young readers at home. It’s nice to read a book that I can then pass onto them and then share our thoughts on a book we book we both read. (And that is exactly what I plan to do with this book.)
As an adult; the book was okay. I liked it. I didn’t love it, but I certainly did not dislike it. I liked it. It kept me reading; interested in what was going to happen. The book follows a young boy who lives with his adoptive parents and two brothers (who are not adopted), who spends most of his time with a friend who I am not sure I would consider a good role model as a parent.
As the story progresses, Brian and Danny find themselves in a little bit of trouble with the neighbor and with Danny’s cousin, Alvin, and Alvin’s situation. In addition to the trouble, Brian ends up meeting his birth mother which puts a whole other spin on the story.
The story led up to a great twist towards the end but the last 2-3 chapters were, in my personal opinion, excessive and not necessary. All in all, as an adult reading a middle-grade fiction story; it was a relatable middle-grade aged read.
As the mother of two young readers (ages 13 and 11), I really think they will enjoy the book. I really think my 11 year old son is going to enjoy it. The characters are in his age range so the point of view is more relevant to him and I can see the things that Brian and Danny do could be something my son would do.
I look forward to letting my kids read Free Pizza and hearing what they think about the book. I really do think it is a great book for the ‘middle-grade’ age range and forsee my kids enjoying it!
About the Author
G.C. McRae is the bestselling author of two young adult novels, three illustrated children’s books and a collection of original fairy tales. His writing is fall-down funny, even when the theme is darker than a coal-miner’s cough. McRae reads to anybody at any time, in person or online, for free, which probably explains why he meets so many people and sells so many books.
In his latest work, Free Pizza, McRae spins the highly emotional themes from his decidedly unfunny childhood into a brilliantly comic yarn. After being given up for adoption by his teenage mom back when single girls were forced to hide unplanned pregnancies, his adoptive parents didn’t exactly keep him under the stairs but, well, let’s just say, there were spiders.
A lot has changed since then. McRae’s own children have now grown and he runs a small farm with his wife, who is herself an award-winning writer.