Ray Vs the Meaning of Life by Michael F. Stewart
Part of Series: No
Themes & Genres: YA, Contemporary, Humor
Grandma’s Last Will and Testament names Ray to inherit the trailer park. It’s a million-dollar estate with one hitch: to prove he’s not as aimless as he seems, Ray must discover the meaning of life by the end of the month. (She left the answer in an envelope.) If he fails, the camp goes to his estranged family.
How does anyone find the meaning of life while running a park full of misfit miners, would-be truck racers, and one demanding little girl? There’s a bear too. A grizzly. Maybe that’ll help?
What I think of the book:
I shouldn’t have taken this book with me to the doctor’s as I kept trying not to laugh in a waiting room with about a dozen patients. Mind you, I failed.
I wasn’t guffawing and rolling down on the floor, but I had quite a few chuckles right from the opening of the book. Ray Vs the Meaning of Life starts with the grandma’s death, but like everything else in the novel, no matter how heavy, it’s presented with humor.
And while this is a funny, short read, the author somehow managed to sneak in quite a few valuable life lessons.
Self-discovery, bonding and working through hardships together, money not being the most important thing in life? It’s all in there. Having expected something to be one way, but it turning out to be another and hey, what do you know, you are okay with that? Also included. The meaning of life? Well…
I don’t want to give you spoilers so I’m not going to comment on that.
As for the writing style and the characters? Enjoyable.
Yep. That’s pretty much how I can sum them up. It’s actually mostly the writing style and the way that the characters behave that brings on the comedy, and not so much the situations they are in.
Who would I recommend this book to? If you need a few giggles, check out Ray Vs the Meaning of Life.
My rating: (4/5 bears)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe.
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