I recently met the author of this book, Jonathan Friesen, at a conference in Minneapolis and he graciously gave me this book to read.
I was not sure what to expect…but I loved it!
The Last Martin is a quirky story about a boy named, Martin. His mother is neurotic in the very best sense and his father is somewhat disengaged. Martin has a sister named Lani who, as little sister’s go, isn’t so bad. Let’s throw in a hick Uncle and a very pregnant Aunt and Martin’s life is over before it even started. How, you ask? Well finding out that answer makes the story even more fun! I digress, let me get back to the beginning.
Martin is afraid of just about everything thanks to his Mother being “overly” protective. Martin is sanitized, steamed and cleaned just about every second of the day. He cannot get dirty without breaking out in a sweat worrying about germs and microbes. Sigh. What a life for a kid, right?
Martin lives in a fantasy world and his main character, the White Knight is a savior. He battles the Dark Knight and their story starts to parallel what is happening in real life to Martin
What happens next is an interesting mix of friendship, a prune fight, hilarity and of course, the curse.
Martin realizes that with the birth of his new cousin, a boy also to be named Martin, that he will die…because there can only be one Martin in the family.
Martin is now on quest. Break the curse, get the girl, make some friends and well…live like he is dying.
The only challenges I had with this book was continuity, within the story within the story. You will get what I mean gentle reader when you get to the end of the book.
I actually laughed reading certain parts of this book, which normally does not happen. I greatly enjoyed it and I would recommend to anyone…young and old alike.