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An im up, what more do you want from me? sticker hideously controls the back of Ayden Kosacov s bedroom door. In his mind what started as a joke is slowly becoming his glorious and underrated mantra . Ayden Kosacov is alive, and that is about all you can say. In the throws of a mundane and jejune life Ayden is slowly coming to the realization that if all his world is a sta An im up, what more do you want from me? sticker hideously controls the back of Ayden Kosacov s bedroom door. In his mind what started as a joke is slowly becoming his glorious and underrated mantra . Ayden Kosacov is alive, and that is about all you can say. In the throws of a mundane and jejune life Ayden is slowly coming to the realization that if all his world is a stage than he wouldn t care if he did or did not miss the final scenes. Through an almost accidental suicide attempt and the recovery that soon follows, Ayden learns that there is more to living than just being alive. Finding his way through diverse experiences and people he comes to terms with God, his family, and finally himself. "The Orphaned Anything s" style of writing is in the likes of Dennis Johnson ("Jesus Son") and Dave Eggers ("A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius") and yet designed to give life lessons, encouragement, and hope like books by Paulo Coelho ("The Alchemist") and Donald Miller ("Blue Like Jazz")."


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An im up, what more do you want from me? sticker hideously controls the back of Ayden Kosacov s bedroom door. In his mind what started as a joke is slowly becoming his glorious and underrated mantra . Ayden Kosacov is alive, and that is about all you can say. In the throws of a mundane and jejune life Ayden is slowly coming to the realization that if all his world is a sta An im up, what more do you want from me? sticker hideously controls the back of Ayden Kosacov s bedroom door. In his mind what started as a joke is slowly becoming his glorious and underrated mantra . Ayden Kosacov is alive, and that is about all you can say. In the throws of a mundane and jejune life Ayden is slowly coming to the realization that if all his world is a stage than he wouldn t care if he did or did not miss the final scenes. Through an almost accidental suicide attempt and the recovery that soon follows, Ayden learns that there is more to living than just being alive. Finding his way through diverse experiences and people he comes to terms with God, his family, and finally himself. "The Orphaned Anything s" style of writing is in the likes of Dennis Johnson ("Jesus Son") and Dave Eggers ("A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius") and yet designed to give life lessons, encouragement, and hope like books by Paulo Coelho ("The Alchemist") and Donald Miller ("Blue Like Jazz")."

30 review for The Orphaned Anything's: Memoir of a Lesser Known

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cori

    Just to be clear, I was disappointed in Catcher in the Rye. I remember reading it and thinking, "I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't this." And then I read The Orphaned Anything's. THIS is what I expected when I read Catcher in the Rye. Stephen Christian is the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Anberlin. When I found out he wrote a book, I immediately ordered it off Amazon. Anberlin's lyrics are poetic and have a way of capturing human emotion that is entirely relatable, wrecking, Just to be clear, I was disappointed in Catcher in the Rye. I remember reading it and thinking, "I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't this." And then I read The Orphaned Anything's. THIS is what I expected when I read Catcher in the Rye. Stephen Christian is the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Anberlin. When I found out he wrote a book, I immediately ordered it off Amazon. Anberlin's lyrics are poetic and have a way of capturing human emotion that is entirely relatable, wrecking, and beautiful. This book reads like the lyrics of their songs. The book is essentially written as stream of conscious. Intentionally, the writing is riddled with spelling and punctuation errors. We are reading the journal of Ayden Kosacov, a young man fighting a battle with depression. Ayden manages to be both cynical and hilarious simultaneously. I should maybe be embarrassed to admit this, but I snorted out loud laughing reading Ayden's suicide note. Although the first half of the book (or so) was heavy, Power through! The ending was redemptive and does not leave the reader in a hopeless funk. Rather, the reader is empowered after closing the last page. I loved this book. If you read Catcher and the Rye and enjoyed it, this is a book for you. If you read Catcher in the Rye and found Holden to be an insufferably whiny, angsty child (*raises hand*), this is also for YOU. I'd rate this book a PG-13 for adult themes including mental health, suicide, and references to sex, alcohol, and drugs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Ray

    Stephen Christian is graced with the ability to touch people's souls. If you read the summary of this book and find that you want to read it, I can promise you that your soul will be touched. I love Anberlin mainly for their incredible lyrics, so I don't find it surprising at all that I love a book written by the same man who pens those lyrics. The Orphaned Anything's is written pretty much in pure stream-of-consciousness style, which I probably could not stand from any other writer but Stephen Stephen Christian is graced with the ability to touch people's souls. If you read the summary of this book and find that you want to read it, I can promise you that your soul will be touched. I love Anberlin mainly for their incredible lyrics, so I don't find it surprising at all that I love a book written by the same man who pens those lyrics. The Orphaned Anything's is written pretty much in pure stream-of-consciousness style, which I probably could not stand from any other writer but Stephen Christian, who wrote my favorite song of all time that also includes a gorgeous and heart-ripping stream-of-consciousness ending - (*fin). If I know my time line correctly, this book was published around the time Anberlin's album Cities came out. You can see a lot of the same themes run through this book and Cities, a sort of man vs. himself mentality. I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with this train of thought, but I do know that if you love one you'll love the other, and I don't mind shamelessly broadcasting Stephen Christian's work in any medium.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shepherd Ahlers

    Depressing at first but redemptive by the end. It is not pretentious, and it is obvious that it wasn't written to sell Anberlin. Stephen Christian's book reads like a journal we all have at some point wished we could keep. He preaches through the story of a very relatable boy and his feelings of worthlessness and failure and anger and rejection, weaving together a rather surprising little story. He veers into philosophy at times much like Dave Eggers. It feels appropriate here. It is a book desi Depressing at first but redemptive by the end. It is not pretentious, and it is obvious that it wasn't written to sell Anberlin. Stephen Christian's book reads like a journal we all have at some point wished we could keep. He preaches through the story of a very relatable boy and his feelings of worthlessness and failure and anger and rejection, weaving together a rather surprising little story. He veers into philosophy at times much like Dave Eggers. It feels appropriate here. It is a book designed to make you think, and maybe even change a little. I highly recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maximillian

    This book was life changing. It is very philosophical and sarcastic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Korynne

    This writing in this book deserves all the stars it can get, but I gave the book only four stars for a reason I'll explain at the end of my review. I originally picked up this book because Stephen Christian, the author, is also the lead singer in my favorite band Anberlin. The lyrics he writes for Anberlin's songs are so exquisite and beautiful, and that same writing style comes across in this book as well. The Orphaned Anythings is essentially a journal that chronicles a small part of Ayden Kos This writing in this book deserves all the stars it can get, but I gave the book only four stars for a reason I'll explain at the end of my review. I originally picked up this book because Stephen Christian, the author, is also the lead singer in my favorite band Anberlin. The lyrics he writes for Anberlin's songs are so exquisite and beautiful, and that same writing style comes across in this book as well. The Orphaned Anythings is essentially a journal that chronicles a small part of Ayden Kosacov's life as he struggles to find meaning or purpose in his day-to-day activities. It is funny, witty, heartbreaking, artistic, philosophical, and beautiful. I think all of us can relate to Ayden in one way or another because of how raw and honest his thoughts and descriptions are throughout this story. Although this is a rather short novel, it is full of so much emotion. It also is abundant with quotable lines that I just want to hang on my walls. I really can't explain the kind of impact this book had on me, but I can guarantee this is a book I will be purchasing and reading again and again. The reason I docked a star is for the very apparent lack of editing. This book is written entirely in lowercase letters, which is unique and adds to its idea of being a journal, and this wouldn't bother me at all if it was the only nonconventional decision. But on top of no capital letters there were rampant misspellings all throughout the book, wrong words being used in place of the obviously intended words, apostrophes where there should be none (note the title) and no apostrophes where there should be some, other egregious punctuation mistakes, and many other writing and editing errors that are too minute to list. As an editor, I was not only bothered but also downright distracted by the visual presentation of the book. Even one quick round through an editor would have fixed over 95% of the errors and made for a more seamless reading experience. So I am subtracting a star for how distracting it is to read this book, but this subtracted star in no way impacts the masterful writing displayed on every page of the story. Overall, this book can be described in one word that doesn't quite do it justice: beautiful. You can read this review and more on my blog: Storeys of Stories

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kinsey

    Here are some actual quotes from this actual book that actually got published (misused words all included): "i hate when she, or any girl for that matter, says "love ya" because you don't know if she says that to everyone of if she is trying to get you to say "i love you too", thus pushing the level of the relationship to an all time newly awkward level." and "she's a fairly attractive girl with a larger nose, smaller breasts, and as of late i have noticed she always appears sweaty or oily, espe Here are some actual quotes from this actual book that actually got published (misused words all included): "i hate when she, or any girl for that matter, says "love ya" because you don't know if she says that to everyone of if she is trying to get you to say "i love you too", thus pushing the level of the relationship to an all time newly awkward level." and "she's a fairly attractive girl with a larger nose, smaller breasts, and as of late i have noticed she always appears sweaty or oily, especially on her back...i have psychologically diagnosed her, and my expert advice is that she has an old maid/senior year college instinct that makes girls long for a non-superficial, committed, high hope of someday tying the knot relationship. i have deducted this because she is consistently quoting and rambling off the list of all her friends that are getting married." Just.........wow........

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Moore

    This book was written by the singer of one of my top 3 favorite bands, Anberlin. It’s interesting seeing the connections and similarities to the album that was made around the time this book was written. (The album is called Cities and I would definitely recommend this band). I could tell 5 pages in that this would have been my favorite book when I was in high school. It’s very unique and strangely written but it gave me all of the feels all the same.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

    If I wasn't a fan of Anberlin, I wouldn't have read it. The overall message is nice, but the set-up and pacing make it hard to get into the story and suspend disbelief. The writing is casual, but I wonder at times how intentional that is. It reminded me a lot of It's Kind of a Funny Story, or TPOBAW, but I enjoyed those more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jameson Ketchum

    A great first book. Love this dude and hope he writes more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sally Ewan

    It was difficult to get past the seemingly-illiterate style of writing (no capitalization, rampant misspellings), but I persevered. The story is about a Lost Young Man who drifts into suicide, spends time in a mental hospital, and ultimately finds purpose and meaning in life. I wondered about his situation: he was not happy in life, but what he thought to be true (about God, about his father) turned out to be false. How do you reach someone drowning in wrong thinking with the truth? Also, I thoug It was difficult to get past the seemingly-illiterate style of writing (no capitalization, rampant misspellings), but I persevered. The story is about a Lost Young Man who drifts into suicide, spends time in a mental hospital, and ultimately finds purpose and meaning in life. I wondered about his situation: he was not happy in life, but what he thought to be true (about God, about his father) turned out to be false. How do you reach someone drowning in wrong thinking with the truth? Also, I thought this was a fervent yet impractical way to approach life: "you need to do what makes you come alive. and when others see your ardor, the entire world will concede to your passion.' Those who live by such advice will be waiting a long time for the world's concession! I identified with the protagonist's propensity to think too much, but I was ultimately grateful that I have never been in such a directionless, purposeless state.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    (might be small spoiler) i just re-read this last night, not being able to sleep after finishing another book, i picked this up and just read it, and didn't stop. Written by Stephen Christian the lead singer of Anberlin and his side project Anchor and Braille. it's an inspiring read tough at times 'cause of what the main character Ayden goes through and thinks. how he was feeling lost with no where to go, and almost ended it, but but in the end it all works out. it's really inspiring and moving. (might be small spoiler) i just re-read this last night, not being able to sleep after finishing another book, i picked this up and just read it, and didn't stop. Written by Stephen Christian the lead singer of Anberlin and his side project Anchor and Braille. it's an inspiring read tough at times 'cause of what the main character Ayden goes through and thinks. how he was feeling lost with no where to go, and almost ended it, but but in the end it all works out. it's really inspiring and moving. it gives hope and healing, just like all of Anberlin's songs. i highly suggest reading this, you can read it in a sitting 'cause it's pretty short so it wont take you but an afternoon, and you'll get a lovely read too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Oni

    I first read this book when I was at a low point in high school. I was being bullied and manipulated by the people I thought were my friends and family. Reading this book really got me thinking about the reality of suicide and being the one to move myself to a better place. Like other reviews , I was a bit bothered by the grammar and syntax errors until I stopped reading it as a book and started reading it as journal entries. Now that I'm a junior in college, I continue to read The Orphaned Anyt I first read this book when I was at a low point in high school. I was being bullied and manipulated by the people I thought were my friends and family. Reading this book really got me thinking about the reality of suicide and being the one to move myself to a better place. Like other reviews , I was a bit bothered by the grammar and syntax errors until I stopped reading it as a book and started reading it as journal entries. Now that I'm a junior in college, I continue to read The Orphaned Anything as a reminder that I'm in control of what my future holds. I'm not helpless. I will not be left behind.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brian Beyer

    I enjoyed Christian's raw, uninhibited writing through this book. He is seemingly very skilled at creating a dreary, ambiguous environment and mood. I did feel as if it was especially difficult to relate to the protagonist. There really wasn't enough to draw me into the character and make me feel as though I really cared about what happened to him. My biggest issue with the book, however, was the lack of editing. There were several careless spelling and grammar mistakes that made this a hard rea I enjoyed Christian's raw, uninhibited writing through this book. He is seemingly very skilled at creating a dreary, ambiguous environment and mood. I did feel as if it was especially difficult to relate to the protagonist. There really wasn't enough to draw me into the character and make me feel as though I really cared about what happened to him. My biggest issue with the book, however, was the lack of editing. There were several careless spelling and grammar mistakes that made this a hard read for me. That may have been intended, but it added no value to the book from my perspective.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mathers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A short novel by Stephen Christian. Excellent short read about the battle of depression and hopelessness that a young man faces, and how he eventually finds hope through a suicide attempt and recovery from that attempt. A short novel by Stephen Christian. Excellent short read about the battle of depression and hopelessness that a young man faces, and how he eventually finds hope through a suicide attempt and recovery from that attempt.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Amazing read. It was extremely relatable. In many ways every person is Ayden at some point in their lives. Beautifully and uniquely written in terms of style and grammatical choice. So much love for this book. It makes you want to change, to be better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    really great book! personally i think the beginning isn't that good, but it gets really good fast. even though it isn't about adolescence/a really "coming of age book," i think all youths should read this book, because it really has that sense of finding yourself.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    I started out thinking that I would not like this book at all, seeing as I hate stream of conscious-type writing, but the story ending up being so fascinating. I think that it was very well written and left me pondering a lot. It's a hard story, but there are fantastic lessons in it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Annaliese

    The author bio boasts “I have no literary degree” and boy can you tell. Pseudo-inspirational edgelord man boy “outside the lines,” yet cliche, writing. Underlying misogyny. Christian, but in a cool, covert way. I was waiting for it to get good, but unfortunately that never happened.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin Sorensen

    I loved this book, it is a memoir and it is definitley unique. The main character says some things that really hit me. It was a cool book and the only reason I bought it is because the author is the lead singer of one of my favorite bands Anberlin. I am so glad I did!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Schnurr

    Super enjoyable tale written by the lead singer of Anberlin.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bel

    Love this book! One of my all times faves.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Pennell

    Stephen Christian is my favorite lyricist & the lyrical quality he has carried over into this novel. I loved the narration, plot & everything about it. Best five hours of my life. Stephen Christian is my favorite lyricist & the lyrical quality he has carried over into this novel. I loved the narration, plot & everything about it. Best five hours of my life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adela St

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shawntel

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jon Green

  26. 4 out of 5

    Travis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brian Joseph

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather Martin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andre Kradolfer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Keena

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