Aquatic Grunge is unlike anything I've ever read, and I can't quite determine if Chris Johnstone is crazy or a genius. Regardless, I loved this book, scoring high all around.
While the story mostly follows Kelvin Daniels--a self-indulgent cucumber diver--there are also chapters dedicated to other characters--parallel storylines that occasionally mingle with Kelvin's. I initially found myself questioning their place, but in the end, they totally paid off.
Johnstone successfully tackles Grunge Lit with an abundance of drugs, alcohol, and sex--although there was probably more "talk" of sex than the actual act. Hooked from the start, I devoured this book at record speed. I was engrossed, captivated by the characters, charmed by the voice, and pleasantly surprised by the cleverness behind it all.
The worst part of the book... it ended.
This read will not suit everyone. Because it's strongly influenced by sex, drugs, and Robert Palmer, some people are going to hate it. I keep comparing it to Slaughterhouse Five--although they are two completely different stories, the overall feel is the same. No matter what your taste, it's likely you would agree that this book would score high in Originality.
I always say that if I keep thinking about a book long after I've put it down, it's a great freaking book. Aquatic Grunge is just that.
I originally reviewed this on EasilyMused.com