Monday, April 11, 2016


How I Ruined My Life by T. L. Bainter 
Publication date: February 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Kyle has gone unnoticed for the vast majority of his life and he’s always preferred it that way. Homeschooled, shy, and only attending church because he’s forced to, there’s not really anything outstanding or interesting about him. That changes, however, when he meets James Porter. The two are fast friends, but Kyle isn’t sure if that’s a good thing or not. While some of the experiences resulting from their friendship are grand, many other experiences leave Kyle broken, angry, and depressed. Is Kyle’s friendship with James really such a good thing, or would he have been better off if he’d simply remained the quiet, lonely boy that no one seemed to notice?

I think this story was a perfect description of a young boy growing into a man. A story of an awkward boy finding a best friend on a bus and that friend being the best and worst thing to happen to him. But mostly the best. 

James taught Kyle to be more confident and made him live a little. Being home-schooled, Kyle's only interactions with kids his age was through Church events, and that's where he meets James.  James was a bright thing, friends with everyone and wise beyond his years. He got Kyle to do many of his 'firsts' which I think are "rights of passages" into adulthood. 

Kyle, like many young boys seems to be in 'love' with a bunch of different girls and gets his heart broken and of course, it's the end of the world. So he runs away to help his father's friend in New Orleans for hurricane relief. There he meets Kayla and her 'odd' family. This in turn teaches him that a person can be older, but still be immature while a person who is younger can still be a man. It's all in our actions and how we treat others. 

I think each relationship he has seems to help him grow, as it does in real life. This book maybe fictional, but it has a LOT of truths to it. It was happy, it was sad, it was tragic, it was a life lesson. It had everything in it. 

I really feel this is a book for all ages and recommend it to everyone. It also made me realize I am so glad i am NOT a teenager any longer ;) 

I give it 3.5*

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About the Author

T. L. Bainter was born in 1994 and began writing short stories not long after that. Since the age of six, he has been churning out short story after short story. After receiving an award from the renowned Writers of the Future competition for his short story Edwin, T. L. Bainter found the confidence and encouragement that he needed to write and publish his first novel: How I Ruined My Life. Currently, he resides in Kansas City with his cat, Sooba.

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