Book Review: ‘A Trip Down Reality Lane’ by Ian Thomas Malone

March 4, 2015     Holly     Reviews

Book Review: ‘A Trip Down Reality Lane’ by Ian Thomas MaloneA Trip Down Reality Lane by Ian Thomas Malone
Published by Limitless Publishing on February 24, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Humor
Pages: 258
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Review Copy
3 Stars

College life can be tough…

For a junior pursuing a degree in English with no plans for his future, living in the present is far better than the alternative.

One morning he wakes up and embarks on an acid trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with two of his friends.

A step outside reality might be the best way to come back down to earth…
Along the way, the three friends discover what matters most to them, and more importantly, that life is not so much about answers as it is about the exploration of the questions.

When the real world doesn't quite cut it, take a journey down the rabbit hole.

Much like the characters in Ian Thomas Malone’s second novel A Trip Down Reality Lane, I’m feeling a bit strange.

With pages full of LSD use, museum shenanigans and a few college guys just trying to figure out what it all means, Reality Lane isn’t going to be a book for everyone. But I think it will be an enjoyable read for enough people that it’s worth talking about. I’m just not quite sure what side of the spectrum I fall on as a reader.

I think Malone does a wonderful job in building a world around his specific characters and the choices they make during a particular experience. I especially found myself smiling at James, the newbie of the group, quite a bit during the novel. Reality Lane had its comedic moments along with its more serious and thought-provoking scenes, which makes the novel well-rounded and obviously crafted with a lot of love.

But I lacked a connection with Malone’s novel that I normally feel with stories that I’m crazy about. I found myself going through Reality Lane as someone simply reading instead of someone truly experiencing the story that was being shared through the words. And that dampened my experience and opinion of the book as a whole. Personally, I’d love to see this story told as a screenplay, because I think it would bring both the characters personalities and experiences to a whole new level that I would find much easier to connect with as a whole.

Just because A Trip Down Reality Lane wasn’t exactly for me, however, doesn’t mean I’m not going to tell you to pick up a copy. Because I think you should. There are plenty of people out there who will find Malone’s novel to be exciting, worth the time spent reading it, and maybe even a bit reminiscent of their own college experiences. Of this, I have no doubt.

One response to “Book Review: ‘A Trip Down Reality Lane’ by Ian Thomas Malone

  1. I have just read A Trip Down Reality Lane this evening and am interested to find that you seem to have experienced the same disassociation as I did. While I enjoyed the premise of the novel and certain particular scenes, I am left wondering if the extensive analysing throughout served as a barrier.

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