The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.Then Noah → gets hypnotized.Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations . . .

Details The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

TitleThe Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherViking Children's
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

  • Adam Silvera
    This is my very favorite David Arnold book, and I LOVE Mosquitoland and Kids of Appetite. He's a wordsmith who's outdone himself in THE STRANGE FASCINATIONS OF NOAH HYPNOTIK and I can't wait for you to sink into this world.
  • Stefani Sloma
    To absolutely no one's surprise, I loved this book. It's a bizarre, wild ride of a book, and I did not want it to stop. I read it so slowly because I wanted to savor every last delicious word. If I hadn't promised to let someone borrow my ARC, I would've flipped right back to page one and started reading it again. David has this wonderful talent of writing such strange but true-to-life characters that I feel like I know in real life. The Strange ...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    This was the fun, quirky, unique, and creative read that I was expecting.It was the coming of age story of Noah as well as a look at the struggles that he goes through in the midst of being a teenager and discovering himself.Told in a unique way, this novel includes modern media references (e.g. Gilmore Girls) as well as illustrations which I enjoyed. The story is told in a way which truly does appear to resemble the inner workings of a teenager'...
  • Ryan
    This is my favorite book by David Arnold. This is such an ambitious, fun, delightfully weird book with a ton of heart & a group of friends you'd pretty much do anything to become part of their social group. In other words, it's a David Arnold book.There's a lot to unpack and I look forward to doing so. I feel like there's so much I could say but I don't know where to begin but I really enjoyed being in Noah's head and I loved how David explored w...
  • Melissa
    This book kinda sideswiped me with its ambition, daring, and brilliance. The weirdo concept sounded too good to be true, but Arnold takes his wild idea and GOES FOR IT, balls to the wall, and spits you out the other side like, "wtf just happened? Let's do it again!"For a more coherent take, please see: a different review.
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Wow! I am still trying to wrap my brain around this one. Review to come.
  • Uriel Perez
    More like 3.75 ⭐sI’m not the biggest fan of YA fiction, but I read a blurb that likened this book to the work of Murakami so I thought I’d give it a try. The blurb didn’t lie — there’s a slacker male protagonist, meandering and thoughtful prose and a ton of references to music and movies. I enjoyed the vibrant personality of the narrator and the relationships between friends and family; they felt believable and their connections reall...
  • Cassie
    First off . . . WHOA!There is no one way to explain the profound literary oddities and beautiful complexities of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik. But for me, this book was a combination of my favorite movie, one of my favorite books, and one of my favorite TV shows. Mix the quirks and cerebral explorations found in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, add in a dash of Holden Caulfield’s blunt honesty and independent drive and the un...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Well the way I see it, a guy shows up with note cards and a boom box means he’s got some time on his hands. But a guy shows up with snow, that’s either destiny or wizardry."David Arnold takes you on an epic journey, one that leaves you gasping while flipping through your vinyl collection. This one was weird but a lot of fun to read. From the synopsis, you know that you are going to be delving into the world of the weird and the bizarre. And ...
  • Kristen
    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I adored both Mosquitoland and Kids of when several reviewers referred to the newest David Arnold book as "surreal," I wasn't sure what to expect.Well, it was fantastic. It has that cool "realistic with a touch of sci-fi" vibe. Kind of like Shaun David Hutchinson or Adam Silvera. You know...that feeling where you're not sure if there really is some hinky sci-f...
  • Lectus
    Not for me. I wasn't interested in Noah's life regardless of how verbose it was told. Yes, it is well written, it is just that eloquent ramblings is not my thing.
  • Serena
    ***3.5***Spoiler Free Review:I don't usually format my reviews like this, but I feel like it is best to separate this review into things I liked, and those that I didn't. I will start with the things I liked, which I conveniently made a list of while reading. First off, this book was one of the most modern and relevant books I've ever read. It had so many references that I loved and related to! Some of these include: Gilmore Girls, Marvel, DC, s...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Blog Tour: https://confessionsofayareader.wordpr...What really stood out most for me in The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik was the writing. David Arnold has a unique writing style that just pulled me in. Nothing major needed to be happening, but I wanted to read his words.This is an odd book because Noah is a bit odd. He lives with his parents and sister, Penny. Noah has two real friends, Alan and Val, that he spends all his free time with...
  • The Blonde Bookworm
    I went into this novel totally open minded, because it's David Arnold right?! I always know his writing will be good, but I never want to expect a certain thing from him because it will almost always be totally not what I expected at all. Just like his writing style, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik was totally quirky and brilliant. I loved every second of this novel and kept finding myself restarting from the beginning of a page just to...
  • Rachel Strolle
  • Kelly Gilbert
    This was absolutely stunning and I think this book is going to be huge. Going to be reeling from this one for a long time.
  • Jennilyn
    I am honestly finding it hard to review and rate “The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik” right after reading. To help me make up my mind, I’ll be using one of life’s decision-making hacks, also used by a character in the book: the dependable pros and cons list! Here goes: Would I recommend “The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik” to my fellow book wanderers?PROS1. Reading the book is like looking at an abstract painting where I...
  • JM Cabral
    So far, this has to be the weirdest novel David Arnold has ever written. (And I mean that in a good way.) I had a hard time going through the first half of the story, but the ending was so redeeming and satisfying, I was still able to give the whole book 4 stars.Full review to come! Here's a short blurb for now:"The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik has to be David Arnold's weirdest book yet, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. With his t...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI have always been a fan of Arnold's storytelling. He creates these interesting characters, and has this ability to take all these seemingly random things and make sense of them. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
  • kelly {BookCrushin}
    Whoa...some of the most beautiful words I have ever had the pleasure to read. Full Review to come.
  • Mike
    This was a little too paint-by-numbers of a YA book for me - overly articulate male narrator trying to find his way in the world via obsessions and narcissism, before learning his lesson and becoming a Better Person. The plot twist (or two) at the end were very disappointing. It was a slog to get through and the journey wasn't worth the result.
  • Dawn Abron
    OMG, where to begin.I consider myself to be an intelligent person who can usually understand books but I DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE FUCK THIS BOOK WAS TRYING TO DO.First of all the MC Noah is not the most likable character and I think he is supposed to be. He’s written as this insightful deep thinker but he comes across pretentious asshole who doesn’t have time to be bothered with petty high school problems because his brain is full of Thoreau. And...
  • Mara
    Noah's last name isn't Hypnotik (it's Oakman), but he does have strange fascinations. That's his own name for them, taken unashamedly from David Bowie's book. They are: a YouTube video featuring a woman aging day by day; the man with an enormous goiter Noah passes every day on his way to school; a picture dropped by a singer; and uncovering the hidden messages in his favorite author's works. When Noah is hypnotized (or something - he's not actual...
  • Mark Walz
    David Arnold: the master of prose and pivot. A wild, carefully written, well-researched, ambitious, creative, and original piece of literary art, this book is a very fun read and is my favorite book of his so far. A creative exploration of the theme of loneliness, when I read this book, I felt like I truly entered into the mind of Noah, a high-schooler with reasoning and intellect ahead of his time (a signature of Arnold). What I loved about this...
  • Susie
    Can I give it a 6? Or a 7? How about a 12??? Cuz, Damn! This book is, as Noah would explain to his mother, "Fine AF!" So intensely searching and full of way more questions than answers and this field of people, not characters, because I know they must exist or else how the hell could he write them so beautifully and besides which they need to exist so that I may know them and have "conversations" with them! I am both thrilled to have experienced ...
  • Darla
    A big thanks to NetGalley and Viking for a digital ARC of this book.It was quite a ride. Noah's narration is partly his own reflections (A Concise History of Me) and partly the story of the first semester of his senior year of high school. Like the cover, much of the story seems larger than life and technicolor. Noah is a neatnik and a deep thinker. The connections he makes between historical figures bring the series Seinfeld to mind. Much of the...
  • Marisa
    I’ve never read a David Arnold book and this was my first. I liked the premise: a teen boy about to start his senior year and is recovering from a fake back injury to get out of lofty swim team expectations. What if he suddenly looks around and sees things are slightly off. A friend who adored DC, is suddenly into Marvel, etc. The actual writing was good. I felt the author’s passion for writing this and execution was good, there were many twi...
  • Sarah
    Sixteen-year-old Noah has a lot going on in his life. He's faking a back injury to avoid being forced into the path of a swimmer. He's slightly in love with both of his best friends, twins Alan and Valeria. He has a tendency to become obsessed with oddities like random YouTube videos and aged pedestrians. Then he goes to a party, gets super drunk, and lets a weird kid hypnotize him. Suddenly, all the little details of his life are slightly off-ki...