I really enjoyed my latest read, April Lurie’s The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine. If I hadn’t needed to get up early for a conference, I would have stayed up really late last night to finish reading it. As it is, I just finished the book a few minutes ago, and it left me with a good feeling. It’s always nice when that happens.
Dylan Fontaine’s world changed when his mother left. His dad, a gynecologist, practically lives at the hospital now. His brother has given up what made him a true original and now just smokes a lot of weed and hangs out with his loser friends. As for Dylan, he’s angry a lot of the time and trying to keep everything at home together. That’s a lot of pressure for a fifteen-year-old.
Things begin to turn around when Dylan’s best friend Angie decides to make a film revolving around Dylan. He is now motivated to try new things, take some chances, leave his comfort zone behind. He confronts his dad, his mom, and his brother about all the crap going on at home. He takes chances with his artwork, music, and basketball. He toys with the idea of telling Angie how he really feels about her. Dylan Fontaine has become a risk-taker. Will that be enough to change things at home? Is he courageous enough to finally tell Angie he wants to be more than friends? I’ll leave that for you to figure out in The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie.
As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the (mis)adventures of Dylan Fontaine. It is a very easy, fast read, and I think a lot of guys will enjoy it. The main character has problems, but he’s still a teenage guy interested in music, sports, and girls, making him a very relatable character. I highly recommend this book!