Candy Everybody Wants is a book about a year in the life of Jayson, a gay teenager aspiring to become a celebrity and his supporting co-stars which include everything from a dysfunctional mother to a devout Christian neighbour. This was also my main problem with the book -- it's full of so many freaks that the author doesn't have the time to develop any of their characters and there are so many things going on that the main thing missing is a plot. The author has clearly never heard that more is sometimes less -- he should have really saved half of the characters and the plot-lines for another book.
The most disappointing bit for me was that after we are repeatedly told that it's Jayson with a Y for an extra flair, towards the end of the book the author lets it slip a couple of times and refer to him Jason. If so far into the book the author, his editor, the proof-reader and the printer have all missed this, it makes me question if they found Jayson to have extra flair in him than I did. Actually, Jayson is, in my opinion, the most boring character in the book.
Now for the good bits about the book:
1. It can be funny, sometimes. I especially found Tara, the pregnant teenage girl to have the best lines.
2. It's enjoyable. It doesn't really require you to think and it's very readable. Would make a great companion on medium-haul flight or as a great alternative to watching paint dry.
3. It's printed on 65% FSC certified paper, so at least it's only a waste of time, not a waste of trees (and don't get me wrong, I think that sometimes wasting time is a good thing).
4. It's already half price on Amazon, which is a fair price for this book.
Oh, one last thing. In the book nobody really wants or likes the candies, they just have no choice. So really, this book should have been titled Candy Nobody Wants.