Now, if this were a review on Thomas I could ramble on paragraph after paragraph telling you all I’ve learned about him over the course of about a month now. I’d tell you he’s Canadian, he likes beef jerky and is one of the cleverest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting online or otherwise. (Also, he’s not a fan of the Oxford comma, so I am going to try and avoid it in this post.)
But, alas, this isn’t a review on Mr. Jast. I’d like to talk to you about his second book, Mixed Messages.
First, before you read Mixed Messages, you definitely need to start with Calculated Regrets. Both books follow the life of the ever-unique Alex Aberdeen. (Or is it Alix?) A mid-20’s, skirting on sociopathic, hilariously-bad girl recuperating from a recent scheme, and adjusting to a new job and a new set of people.
Honestly, you’d think she would have learned her lesson, but you’ll be glad she hasn’t. See, Alex is not your typical protagonist. She embodies the type of person you don’t usually root for, but against. But, Mr. Jast does something amazing and he makes you love her, her schemes and cringe when things don’t exactly go her way. You’ll be frustrated with yourself because it will feel so wrong – but so right.
I love that Mr. Jast dives even deeper into Alex’s psychology and allows us to experience her dreams and neurosis in a whole new way, but he doesn’t brow beat us with overly complicated terminology.
Mr. Jast’s writing style is easy on the eyes, quirky and addictive. The whole book from cover to cover is a delight to read, the momentum is always on a steady incline and practically defines page-turner. You won’t put it down. You’ll be dying to know what happens next.
The ending, while satisfying, leaves plenty of room for you to wonder what sort of shenanigans that girl will get into next, and since by the end you’ll know her pretty well, you just know there is more in store.
No reading list is complete without the complete works of Thomas Jast.
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