Review: The Unpredictability Of Being Human* | Linni Ingemundsen

The Unpredictability of Being Human | Linni Ingemundsen
Published: 28th December 2017 by Usborne
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Unpredictability Of Being Human tells the story of Malin, a girl growing up in Hassund, Norway. We follow her friendships, emotional journey and home life which is full of ups, downs, lefts and rights! She struggles in most of the aspects of her life but still manages to remain strong and come out triumphant and through that, this book offers encouragement to those currently facing similar struggles.

At the start of this novel I was a little confused. Not because I didn't understand the story but because Malin was so innocent, I just couldn't get on board. However, as the story went this innocence became endearing and I was transported back to being fourteen and what it's like to essentially be seeing and experiencing the world for the first time. 

This feeling was helped by Linni Ingemundsen's unique writing style, full of juxtapositions such as mixing short sentences, with long ones and having slow passages contrasted with warp speed, dramatic ones. The way Linni included humour was equally fantastic, with moments of dry, adult humour as well as genuine laugh out loud childlike jokes. This book is properly funny but in a real  life way. Malin's humour comes out through her struggles as opposed to her being a somewhat unrealistic character who's written to provide comic relief with jokes thrown in for the sake of it.

Linni Ingemundsen's debut novel isn't a dramatic, suspense driven read. Instead it's a study on life and the way one person struggles and thrives throughout. It's a character based story which envelops you in Malin's small Scandinavian town and makes you feel as though you're travelling with her as she comes to term with the facts of life.

Linni is a glorious contribution to the Young Adult scene and for an honest look at life, The Unpredictability of Being Human is for you.

*This book was sent to me by Usborne for review purposes. All views and opinions are my own*