Book Review: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold


30734631Title: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780451480477

The New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland brings a speculative twist to his latest novel. The result: an incisive and deeply humane story with the feel of Haruki Murakami for teens.

Noah Oakman is lost. He’s had the same best friends since fifth grade and the same parents since forever. And even though he has changed, he feels everyone around him has stayed the same. When his friends drag him to an end of summer party, Noah meets a kid named Circuit, in whom he senses a kindred disillusionment. Circuit is an amateur hypnotist. Curious (and kind of drunk), Noah allows Circuit to hypnotize him. But when he leaves, everything is a slightly different. Noah swears his friend Alan had a massive collection of Marvel comics, but Alan says he’s always been into DC, its competitor. His friend Val definitely gained internet fame through her posts about movies, but now her entire feed is about music. His mother suddenly has a scar on her face; when asked how she got it, she doesn’t respond. Only four seemingly disparate things remain unchanged in his life. So Noah sets out to discover what these Strange Fascinations have in common, hoping to figure out what happened to him and how he can get back to before.

Thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending a review copy of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypotik by David Arnold in exchange for an honest review and being part of the  Blog Tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book.

Sometimes there is a book that you will come across that can make you cry, there will be books that will make you cringe, there are some that can make you fall in love, and this book, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, is that one book that can make me appreciate life and the people who’ve been there with you throughout your journey.

With David Arnold’s witty approach in his novel, the fast-paced writing style that touches the core emotions of a human being entangled with feelings and curiosity teaches the readers that there is more to life. It focuses on self-exploration, owning your own thoughts, being you, friendship that is built on honesty, and family that will always be there.

Noah Hypnotik’s Strange Fascinations started on a friend’s party with his best friends, Val and Alan. There are four or maybe five fascinations that Noah is trying to understand. With these fascinations, each of them teaches me something – that not all people wanted to be alone, it wouldn’t hurt you to enter someone’s life; a smile, a companion, or just someone to talk with is a huge difference. It affects me a great deal and realized that people yearn for affection, warmth, tenderness, and love.

Arnold executed a well crafted and researched novel that will love by all ages. He knows how to touch a heart and both at the same time laid out a huge plot twist that mirrors escapism and going back to reality – a wonderful book that I enjoyed finding where the story is going.

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is a weird and yet quirky that knows how to tell a story that will be remembered by the readers. It discusses how a person wanted to get to know himself and challenges the reader to understand where Noah is coming from with Arnold’s dynamic story-telling of a stunning and courageous novel.



For PH residents, you may purchase your copy of the book, here. Or you might want to get a copy of your book through Amazon and BookDepository.

Also, check out some bookmarks I made from the book!



May 29: Aditi @ A Thousand Words, A Million Books

May 29: JM @ Book Freak Revelations

May 30: Ruby @ Ruby’s Books

May 30: Melissa @ YA Book Central

May 31: Irena @ Book Dust Magic

June 4: Sylvia @ Serial Bibliophile

June 4: Rafael Ray @ The Royal Polar Bear Reads

June 5: Sumaiyya @ Sumaiyya Books

June 5: Noha @ The Bookish Word

June 6: Rimsha @ Rimsha’s Corner

June 7: Carina @ Carina’s Books

June 7: Maricar @ Blackplume

June 8: Dana @ Feed Your Head

June 8: Kevin @ Bookevin


7368938David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland, Kids of Appetite, and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik; his books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter @roofbeam and Instagram @iamdavidarnold.

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