Cure for the Common Universe

Cure for the Common Universe

eBook - 2016
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Prepare to be cured by this quirky and hilarious debut novel about a sixteen-year-old loner who is sent to rehab for video game addiction-perfect for fans of Ned Vizzini and Jesse Andrews.Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab...ten minutes after meeting a girl. A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him. Jaxon's first date. Ever. In rehab, Jaxon can't blast his way through galaxies to reach her. He can't slash through armies to kiss her sweet lips. Instead, he has four days to earn one million points by learning real-life skills. And he'll do whatever it takes-lie, cheat, steal, even learn how to cross-stitch-in order to make it to his date. If all else fails, Jaxon will have to bare his soul to the other teens in treatment, confront his mother's absence, and maybe admit that it's more than video games that stand in the way of a real connection. From a bright new voice in young adult literature comes the story of a young man with a serious case of arrested development-and carpal tunnel syndrome-who is about to discover what real life is all about.
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9781481450294
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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May 30, 2018

Christian McKay Heidicker’s début novel The Cure for the Common Universe was a relatable and comical book.
The main character, a sixteen year old boy named Jaxon, who is addicted to gaming, leaves his sanctuary (his bedroom) and is forced to go to a car wash. Little did he know that he would meet the love of his life. But after driving back home, his dad instantly sends him to a video-game rehab. Jaxon, who’s determined to go out with the girl he met at a car wash, does all he can to get out of rehab before his date.
I found this book very relatable, as Jaxon and I have many similar traits and hobbies, because I love video games but I wouldn’t consider myself a video game addict.
I rate this book a 3.5/5 stars, and recommend this book to ages 12 and up, as there is foul language, but I still found The Cure for the Common Universe to be a good read anyways.
- @Animeislife of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker was a fun-filled novel that was full of important morals and lessons for readers.
Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is a dedicated gamer who strays far from the painful outcomes of reality, but he doesn’t seem to think so. But after leaving his beloved gaming space to go to the car wash, he meets the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen under unusual circumstances. And the best part is, she laughs when he makes jokes, and agrees to go with him on a date. But once he comes home, he’s instantly taken away to a video-game rehab centre for extreme gamers whose parents and themselves believe they need to learn the ways of real life. Jaxon meets new people, and goes on hurtful and goal-setting journeys, and along the way finds more about himself and the people around him.
Considering this to be Heidicker’s debut novel, I found the storyline to be quite unique and after a recommendation from a friend, I enjoyed this book!
I would rate this book a 3/5 star rating and would recommend it to ages 12 and up.
- @ilovefood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library


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