ARC Review

ARC Review: Questions I Want To Ask You by Michelle Falkoff

Patrick “Pack” Walsh may not know exactly where he’s going in life, but he’s happy where he is. He’s got a girlfriend who gets him. His single dad is his best friend. After graduation, he has a desk job lined up at the local crossfit gym, maybe he’ll even work his way up to trainer. He can’t see himself ever leaving the small town of Brooksby, MA. And he’s fine with that.

Then, on his eighteenth birthday, a letter from Pack’s mother changes everything.

Pack hits the road, searching for a mother he’s never known and a family he had no idea existed until now. His journey unearths questions about both of his parents that he never saw coming. And by the end of the summer, Pack has a whole different understanding of his past—and most importantly, where he wants his future to lead.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Harper Collins India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

A contemporary YA novel that talks about secrets and how they can change the course of one’s life.

Questions I want To Ask You follows Patrick “Pack”; a high school on the verge of graduation, in denial of the changes that seem to be coming soon in his life. He is a mellow fellow; who is content with where his life is right now; and rarely wants any change in his life; nor does he do well with curiosity!  

On his 18th birthday, he receives a letter from the one person he least expects it from – his own mother – a mother he has been told has been dead his whole life! This letter starts him off on a journey, a journey that ends up changing his whole perspective about life and his own future!

While the journey for the answer is the focus of the story; there are other plotlines emerging as well – his relationship with the girl he is in love with, his relationship with his father; his own struggles with his weight & his absolute need for control over what goes into his body – all these are the undercurrents in the main plot; yet somehow gives the effect of a holistic journey – a journey where he grows a little, understands a bit more and matures into a human being that he can happily live with!

What left me disappointed was the way the mother’s story was handled – the mystery of her disappearance is one that I didn’t expect and honestly rather enjoyed, but I just wish there was more – more interactions between Pack and his father, emotionally at least & it was the end that left me without a sense of closure!

I believe this is a standalone novel; which means that I won’t be getting a follow up to get the relationship I assumed would be the foundation of the book & since there isn’t going to be a follow up; I really needed to know exactly what this whole journey paid off to! I needed that sense of closure! 

This is a book that you would love to dive into, if you want a bit of mystery with your plotline and you want to get lost into a world that is similar to yet not your own!  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5


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