Title: The Oddfits
Author: Tiffany Tsao
Publication Date: Feb 1 2016
Genre: Fantasy / Urban Fantasy
Amazon Link: here
Eight-year-old Murgatroyd Floyd doesn’t fit in—not as a blue-eyed blonde living in Singapore, not in school, and certainly not with his aloof expatriate parents, who seem determined to make his life even harder. Unbeknownst to him, there’s a reason why he’s always the odd boy out: he is an Oddfit, a rare type of human with access to the More Known World, a land invisible to most people. Yet unfortunate circumstances keep Murgatroyd stranded in the Known World, bumbling through life with the feeling that an extraordinary something is waiting for him just beyond reach.
Seventeen years later, that something finally arrives when a secret organization dedicated to exploring the More Known World invites Murgatroyd on a mission. But as the consummate loser begins to grow into the Oddfit he was meant to be, the Known World becomes bent on exterminating him. For once in his underachieving life, will Murgatroyd Floyd exceed expectations and outsmart those trying to thwart his stupendous destiny?
The Oddfits is written in the same quirky style as The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (which I love) but lighter, or as the Insanity series (which I also love) but less insane, or as Alice in Wonderland (guess what? I love this one too!) but more mature and a tiny bit less whimsical… you get the gist. I love this realistic but humorous style of writing that I feel is getting more popular now than ever before, but this book is missing some of the depths which the others use the style to portray. Looking back at what I just read, I see no actual message or moral. It’s a nice story, sure, but one without any meaning, which was especially pronounced in the rather anti-climatic, unremarkable ending, which was paced exactly like the rest of the book. Actually, when I looked at the percentage done on the bottom of my kindle at some point I was shocked to find it at 99% – no major changes happened to the action, no major lessons were learned… there was an attempt at both these things at the very end, but it feels very sudden and not properly built up, and Murgatroyd changes his perspective very quickly, after years of refusing to, because it fits the story.