How I Ruined My Life by T.L. Bainter
Published on February 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
eBook, 268 pages
Kyle has gone unnoticed for the vast majority of his life and he’s always preferred it that way. Homeschooled, shy, and only attending church because he’s forced to, there’s not really anything outstanding or interesting about him. That changes, however, when he meets James Porter. The two are fast friends, but Kyle isn’t sure if that’s a good thing or not. While some of the experiences resulting from their friendship are grand, many other experiences leave Kyle broken, angry, and depressed. Is Kyle’s friendship with James really such a good thing, or would he have been better off if he’d simply remained the quiet, lonely boy that no one seemed to notice?
I was a little disappointed with How I Ruined My Life. Based on the title and the blurb, I expected this to be more dramatic than it was. However, it is still a good book.
Kyle is an average teenager who is homeschooled. His parents are extremely strict and he doesn’t really have friends until he meets James. James is the complete opposite of Kyle in that he goes to public school and has several friends. They become friends and that leads Kyle to be exposed to the typical teenage events that involve a lot peer pressure and the chance to make terrible decisions.
I didn’t like how the book ended. I felt like there needed to be more. The characters were pretty like able though.
Rating: 3 stars
About the Author
T. L. Bainter was born in 1994 and began writing short stories not long after that. Since the age of six, he has been churning out short story after short story. After receiving an award from the renowned Writers of the Future competition for his short story Edwin, T. L. Bainter found the confidence and encouragement that he needed to write and publish his first novel: How I Ruined My Life. Currently, he resides in Kansas City with his cat, Sooba.