I’d really like to give this book a 4.5 rating, to be honest. I use the word “honest” because that’s what this book is: brutally, brutally honest. While I wasn’t thrilled with the ending and thought it was a bit too neat and tidy, this book kept me completely engaged from beginning to end. The characters were fantastically created and I feel like I’ll be seeing them randomly on the street, just like main character Tom Violet does with the characters in the novel he’s writing throughout the book. I was actually somewhat surprised by how engaged I was by this book, thinking that it might be too much of a stereotypical “guy” book for me, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Norman’s style is very Nick Hornby-esque, and thus will be easily loved by men and women alike, even if his books continue to open with awkward chapters about erectile dysfunction! Laugh-out-loud funny and extremely relatable, I highly recommend this debut novel and look forward to more from the author.
Although not my favourite book in this series, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour was a pretty solid conclusion and was fairly emotionally satisfying. For me, the most interesting part of this series is the characters and the pop culture/Toronto references. A good chunk of this book delved too strongly into the sci-fi/comic world for my tastes, but it did pull itself back on track with wrapping up the emotional arcs of the characters at the end. The ending was, however, rather predictable and didn’t throw as many surprising punches as I would have liked, but alas. Still a really fun series as a whole that I’d love to read in close succession again one day.