These Reviews Are More What I Expected

Well, maybe I didn’t know exactly what I expected, because I knew I’d written such a weird book and I knew Taco was one messed up kid and I knew he had some whacked-out thoughts about why people get pregnant (people will tell themselves anything to keep feeling okay), but I also had an out-sized emotional reaction to the kid, and wanted nothing more than to protect him…so I wasn’t figuring on Goodreads vitriol (which I still think has something to do with the title and cover tripping off genre expectations).

Okay. I did expect some people would really love Taco. So, I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see these great reviews from Cris at Tiny Obsessions and Kat at Life and Other Disasters. They picked up on Taco’s sense of humor (he is playing around a lot) and they also got that he was out of his mind with sadness and hiding from it by being so crazy positive (he really believed that’s what his mom asked him to do). When, at the end, the writing was flying along, and I felt like Taco was telling me what to say, telling me what happened, I started to get all sad and weepy. I sort of couldn’t believe it all worked out the way it did.  And, I figured the book was going to be a heart-breaker.

Thanks to Cris and Kat for seeing what I saw in there. It is hugely gratifying. If the book affects a few people like that, I’ll feel Taco found his home. That’s a very happy thought.

Taco

Taco.

 

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Geoff Herbach. I am the author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, among a bunch of other stuff. When I'm not writing, I teach writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

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