This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
The idea that normal is boring is taken to a whole new level in The High Fiving Awesomers: A Vendetta Against High Fives and Awesome by Matthew Barkevich. This is the story of one terminal case named R. W. McGurski. Manifesting signs of autism and ADHD, McGurski ventures into the world with his quirks that don’t fit the normal patterns. He has a thing against phrases like 'good job' and 'awesome,' and you are likely to fall flat if you ask him for a high five. His oddity draws the attention of a rehabilitation center in Santa Barbara. This center has been embraced as a miracle worker or a cult, and they choose to pretend to be the latter. McGurski is gullible enough to be swayed into joining them in exchange for the gift of knowledge. When he finds out what the center truly stands for, he will use his smarts to convert the center into a real cult.
The High Fiving Awesomers sounds disturbing, but satirically, it succeeds in delivering its message. It doesn’t project a crusading image of opposing any system, but what it does is celebrate the strangeness that we all have. I don’t know quite how I would deal with a person like McGurski, but I do see a part of myself in him. Matthew Barkevich understands the nature of multiple disorders. When he presents his protagonist, he makes you identify with the antisocial leanings associated with those suffering from mental instability. The use of the first-person narrative further amplifies it. It’s not a feel-good story, but one that you should read to help you get out of your shell—and make you reach out in the process.