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    The thing i didn't know i didn' know

    This book is amazing, exactly what i hoped would happen in this book, i loved reading about his high school experience and now i vet to read about his time after high school!!!
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    The Sequel is Always Worse

    Let's start with the basics: I read this book, as I assume you did too, because I loved Geography Club. But each new reiteration has had diminishing returns. This one, especially, is both aimless and long- winded. The book felt like a high school reunion, happy to catch up with old friends but also relieved that you longer have that drama in your life.
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    Adult Russel--And I Like It!

    First of all, Brent Hartinger is my Spirit Animal. I've been a fan of the Russel Middlebrook series since I found out about the movie. I read the series all in one go. And I loved every bit of it. I kept wishing that it was longer and had a more "mature" feel to it. Then I read Two Thousand Pounds Per Square Inch. Whew. That was something. It made me feel stuff. But I kept wishing for more. I was so engrossed with the book's own universe that I forgot the author even existed. So that was when I checked the author's website. Right there on the first page. An announcement for this book, The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know. This was last year. I was so ecstatic! I even marked it on my calendar. The came the day when I bought it. But I didn't read it yet. See, I have this thing about not wanting things to end. And at the time, there was no announcement whether the will be another book after this. So I saved it. I didn't want my experience with Russel to end quite yet. Then I went to Brent's website again. I must've had heard a choir of angels. I fired up my reading app and read like there was no tomorrow. I even read this while we were out in public doing public stuff. I just couldn't put it down. Like the other Russel Middlebrook books, this one has a habit of sucking you in. And it also helped a lot that Russel is just an all around likeable character. His thoughts (and the way he thinks) were funny as heck. His actions more so. And they way he dealt with things was just so darn relateable. That was the keyword when I was reading this book (and the others): RELATEABLE Everyone of us have gone through the Unstoppable Career Drive and/or Passionate Aimlessness phase. And some of us *coughmecough* are still stuck in the middlebrook of it. I am personally struggling with what to do with my life right now. I'm Russel's age and I know what's it like to not know where to go next. Of all of Russel's adventures, this one hit home the closest. And this book told me that it's sometimes okay to not know where you're headed. You can just wing it as long as you have the drive to get there (wherever "there" is). But that's not all. Some of us are still searching for that person to hold and share everything with. No matter the gender. We are all fighting loneliness. And again, Russel showed us how a regular person deals with it: by using a hookup app. Or ogling DILFs by the lake. Whatever you prefer. Let's get on to Kevin. I wasn't at all surprised that they broke up after their happy ending in The Elephant of Surprise. It added a layer or realism to Russel. Not everything lasts. But let's face it, Russel and Kevin are meant for each other. Although I wanted to have seen more drama between Russel, Kevin, and Colin. I felt sort of sadistic when reading that scene. I didn't mention the other characters but that's spoilerish territory. Bottom line is I just love the heck out of this book. I give this book a 5 out of 5 rating. Some people don't believe in perfect things, but this book made me feel feels and that is, what I believe, the important thing in a book--the feelings and sentiments you get out of it. So keep it up, Brent. And I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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