Review: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

Review: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

Sophie Coker

Noah Oakman is a sixteen-year-old who is an amazing swimmer and loves all things David Bowie. His life at home includes his parents constantly asking about his college plans and his younger sister, Penny, who’s affection for Breakfast at Tiffany’s is sometimes too much to handle. One night, while out at a party with his two best friends, Alan and Val, Noah gets hypnotized. Now, Noah is seeing things he’s never seen before. His mother has a new scar on her face, his dog (who previously walked with a limp) has mega-strength, and more. Except a lot of the things in his life have stayed constant. He notices only slight changes and rewritten histories if people he’s known for ages. Noah is set on figuring out what happened to him and why everyone is slightly different from their normal selves.

 

I’ve been dying to read The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik for the longest time and it didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed this book and especially all it’s characters. All of them were so unique to the book and I loved all the bonds created with Noah. The theme of the book really hits hard in my opinion, that lonely people watch the world go by as they stay the same. Towards the middle of the book, everything got so much more meaningful and metaphorical. It was the first book I’ve read in a while that I truly have wanted to analyze further on my own. Noah is such a pure character with quirky traits that many readers can most likely relate to. I love characters in which readers can connect with their thoughts. Noah is the type of lead character that has an easily distinguishable thought process, and tends to overthink, much like the rest of us. Life lessons and all, this is one to stick with readers for a long time. I gave this book a ⅘ stars because, from my standpoint, it was a bit hard to get into, but once you get to the good stuff, your eyes are glued to the page.