The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

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This is Noah Oakman sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.

Then Noah gets hypnotized.

Now Noah sees changes: his mother has a scar on her face that wasn't there before; his old dog, who once walked with a limp, is suddenly lithe; his best friend, a lifelong DC Comics disciple, now rotates in the Marvel universe. Subtle behaviours, bits of history, plans for the future-everything in Noah's world has been rewritten. Everything except his Strange Fascinations . . .
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 15mm | 429g
  • Viking Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0451480473
  • 9780451480477
  • 149,889

Review Text

"As he did in his fantastic debut Mosquitoland, David Arnold again shows a knack for getting into the mind of an eccentric teenager in clever, poignant fashion . . . An artfully crafted tale about a boy finding his groove amid the cacophony of adolescence." -USA Today

"An unpredictable, Vonnegut-esque examination of identity, friendship, and forgiveness . . . Unique and surprisingly poignant." -Chicago Tribune

"Shivery and vaguely psychedelic . . . This is the kind of book that will appeal strongly to teenagers like Noah who are just starting to think about what they want from their futures, but it's also immensely enjoyable to read as an adult. It's a funny, eerie, beautifully textured book, a strange fascination in and of itself." -Vox

"Don't just pick this one up for its brilliantly bright cover. This book is equal parts odd, imaginative, and insightful." -BuzzFeed

"The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is an epic wonder that only David Arnold could have dreamed up. You'll marvel at every glowing page as powerhouse Arnold tells a blazing, transporting story of love and history and mystery and more." -Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not and They Both Die at the End

"A breathtaking, mind-bending tour de force that probes fate and forgiveness, history of the human connection, and what it means to live. Ambitious, wise, hilarious, and yearning, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is David Arnold at his exuberant best." -Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Picture Us in the Light and Morris Award finalist Conviction

★ "Arnold has written an in-your-face validation of the power of real and honest friendship, guaranteed to mesmerize readers and leave them altered." -Booklist, starred review

★ "This is a comedic coming-of-age tale with plenty of pop culture and literary references and the snarky, casual, and observational feel of a mumblecore comedy. Supporting characters are fully fleshed out and hilarious. A weird, compelling teen-angst trip that will appeal to fans of John Corey Whaley." -School Library Journal, starred review

"An incredible, eye-opening read . . . Arnold's characters shine in their realistic relationships and in their relatable fears and shortcomings. Be ready for a game changer of a novel-and a lot of reflection." -Romantic Times

"Boom! That's the sound of your mind exploding when you listen to this audiobook." -AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

"Arnold's hipster wit and wickedly clever plotting make for an absorbing, stylized romp . . . Holden Caulfield's reluctance to grow up mixes with Andrew Smith's sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued narrators to create a character altogether Arnold's own." -BCCB

"Compelling." -Kirkus Reviews

"Singular and brainy and deeply intriguing, with an ending that devastates . . . The book's shattering payoff takes a primary rule of storytelling and busts through it like Kool-Aid Man, and the results are electrifying." -B&N Teen Blog

"Arnold's characters are seeking higher meaning but he manages to keep the story from drifting into the esoteric by creating moments of true tenderness. Noah's own writing and his internal exploration propel the narrative forward, allowing Arnold to explore the stagnancy of a predetermined path and unanswered questions about reality, interpretation, and imagination." -Publishers Weekly
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Review quote

"The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is an epic wonder that only David Arnold could have dreamed up. You'll marvel at every glowing page as powerhouse Arnold tells a blazing, transporting story of love and history and mystery and more.” —Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not and They Both Die at the End

"A breathtaking, mind-bending tour de force that probes fate and forgiveness, history of the human connection, and what it means to live. Ambitious, wise, hilarious, and yearning, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is David Arnold at his exuberant best." —Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Picture Us in the Light and Morris Award finalist Conviction

★ "Arnold has written an in-your-face validation of the power of real and honest friendship, guaranteed to mesmerize readers and leave them altered." —Booklist, starred review

★ "This is a comedic coming-of-age tale with plenty of pop culture and literary references and the snarky, casual, and observational feel of a mumblecore comedy. Supporting characters are fully fleshed out and hilarious. A weird, compelling teen-angst trip that will appeal to fans of John Corey Whaley." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Arnold’s hipster wit and wickedly clever plotting make for an absorbing, stylized romp . . . Holden Caulfield’s reluctance to grow up mixes with Andrew Smith’s sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued narrators to create a character altogether Arnold’s own." —BCCB

"Compelling." —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for David Arnold's Kids of Appetite:

A New York Times Bestseller

"Arnold has a talent for stringing together words in just the right, jumbled order. His sentences are arrows." —The New York Times Book Review

"Funny, sweet, utterly heart-wrenching." —Entertainment Weekly

"A gorgeous, insightful, big-hearted joy of a book. Kids of Appetite made me fall in love with the world a little bit more." —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

"Kids of Appetite is one of the most honest, emotional, human books I have ever read. You will feel it. This one's a life-changer." —Becky Albertalli, Morris Award–winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda 


Praise for David Arnold's Mosquitoland:


"David Arnold combines brio with compassion in this captivating first novel, which holds surprises, big and small, right to the end. . . Illuminating" —The Washington Post

"Memorable" —People

"One of the most talked about books of the year" —Teen Vogue

"In Mosquitoland, David Arnold has created one of the most unique narrative voices to show up in the world of young adult fiction. I don't remember life before Mim, and I don't want to. Mosquitoland is equal parts sharp, sad, and surreal.  This book is genius, war paint and all."
—John Corey Whaley, Printz-winning author of Where Things Come Back

“David Arnold’s writing is both heartfelt and hilarious. You will fall in love with Mim, even as her grand journey will keep you guessing. Mosquitoland reminds us that sometimes imperfect is just perfect.”
—Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray
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About David Arnold

David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland, and his books have been translated into a dozen languages.
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Rating details

517 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 44% (229)
4 36% (186)
3 15% (76)
2 4% (21)
1 1% (5)
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