Sean is a consistently generous and sympathetic hero, and if the novel’s closing pages substitute ambiguity for plainspokenness, they highlight the book’s theme of finding things worth living for within physical and psychological despair. A pop culture–infused novel that thoughtfully and nonjudgmentally considers the dark side of nerddom.
Starred Kirkus for Wolk in White Van by John Darnielle!
I keep trying to find the words to express the specific flavor of stoked I am about getting a starred review in Kirkus today, because if you’re going to be a writer you’re supposed to specialize in that sort of fine-toothed-comb distinction, right? but the seven-year-old boy inside me who used to write short stories on a manual typewriter just keeps giving me excited punches in the ribs and going “dude. dude. DUDE”