Author: TJ Klune
This is my 57th read for the year
This is a story about Ox. When Ox was a boy, his father walked out on his family - never to return. He told Ox that he was different and told him that would follow him his whole life. Ox always believed that until one day - when Ox is a teenager - he meets a young boy named Joe. Joe is immediately taken with Ox and brings him home to his family to meet. This leads to Ox, and his mother, being taken in by this family and becoming part of it. When Ox finds out what Joe and his family truly are, and the connection they have to each other and to him, he realizes he has found where he truly belongs. When tragedy strikes them all, Joe and Ox have to make a choice that might drive their family apart forever.
This book was just okay. Actually only half of it was okay, and the other half I struggled to finish. This is an older book of TJ Klune (published in 2015). I have loved his most recent books and thought I would like to read more of his older books. But this one wasn't for me. I liked the idea of found family in the book, but this book was overly flowery. His writing tends to be, but this was over the top. It was too juvenile, too much teen fantasy, and just a bit boring. I should have quit reading it, but wanted to see how it ended. Wasn't worth it.