Remarkable

The actual title of this book is Welcome to the Town of Remarkable Where Every Day in this Remarkable Place filled with Remarkable People is Positively Remarkable for Absolutely Everyone Except Jane. Do you see why I shortened it? Anyway, this book is by Lizzie K. Foley, and tells the story of Jane Doe, an ordinary girl living in a town filled to the brim with extraordinary (should I say remarkable?) people. Her mother (Angelina Mona Linda Doe) is an extremely famous architect, her father (Anderson Brigby Bright Doe II) is a best-selling novelist, her older brother (Anderson Brigby Bright Doe III) can paint pictures even more realistic than photos, and her little sister (Penelope Hope Adelaide Catalina Doe) is a mathematical genius. Jane’s relatively boring name reflects the nature of her life; she is average at everything she does and does not seem to belong in Remarkable. If that isn’t enough, she is the only student enrolled in the public school because all the other children go to the gifted academy. However, she soon has exciting adventures of her own, which include evil twins, pirate teachers, and underwater monsters.

This book is hilarious and ridiculous. It has this blunt humor that had me laugh audibly while I was reading. Characters do the most ridiculous things. For instance, Captain Rojo Herring orders an entire truck of jelly to be delivered to his door simply because he feels awkward buying so much in person. Later, Jane mentions to the reader that she can’t tell the evil Grimlet twins apart–they are identical despite the fact that they are different genders. Remarkable also has a nice moral. Jane’s grandfather (the only other ordinary person in town) sums it up perfectly: “It’s the problem with Remarkable, you know. Everyone is so busy being talented, or special, or gifted, or wonderful at something that sometimes they forget to be happy.”

I only had two problems with this book. First, it was not quite my reading level. This was another recommendation, and it should probably be read by a second or third grader. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it, just that I did not find it challenging. The other problem is that I saw through the plot a little too easily. I knew all the character’s true identities at least three chapters before each was revealed. It took the fun out of the discovery.

I would definitely recommend this book. It is so wonderfully whimsical that anyone would be delighted by it. True, it really should be directed more to a younger audience, but I think adults, teens, and kids alike could appreciate its humor.

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