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100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze Book Review

08.23.21
100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze

The very best thing about being a book blogger – without exception – is the people I’ve met that I otherwise wouldn’t have; and Clay – owner of Bouquiniste and author of 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze – is without a doubt one of the nicest people I’ve met off the back of my blog. It was en route back to Sydney after a birthday break in Broughton Vale that I popped in to Bouquiniste  – the beautiful bookstore café in Kiama that Clay owns – and he was kind enough to gift me a signed copy of his then soon-to-be-released YA novel, 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze. And while it took me a number of months to get around to reading it; as with many things in life, it was well worth the wait.

100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze Book Review

While YA isn’t a genre I tend to read, as Clay mentioned on my podcast, 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze has been read – and loved – by a wide range of book lovers; and I knew as soon as I started it that I’d join the ever-growing group of adoring fans. The perfect lockdown read that offers a much-needed dose of nostalgia, poignancy and escapism – and given that I have more time on my hands than ever before to read – I spent a sunny Saturday afternoon curled up on my window seat enchanted by the charming story of Xander Maze; a young boy on a quest to save his Nana’s life.

A story that is filled with heart and hope, 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze will resonate with anyone who’s ever been a teenager, as the book takes its readers to a time of first kisses, first jobs, the angst and agony of teenage years and so much more besides. Set against a Sydney backdrop, there was so much I loved about this book: the humorous yet moving story telling; the adorable cast of characters; and the utter love and adoration Xander has for his beloved nana.

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Brimming with soul and spirit, 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze is a gorgeous literary offering and a perfect reminder of why we should all be looking beyond the bounds of our usual reading constraints for our next best read.

100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze by Clayton Zane Comber Summary

Xander Maze loves lists, and his grandmother is #1 in his list of People I Love Most in the World. But now that Nanna has stage 4 cancer, can a new list of 100 Remarkable Feats really save her life?

Particularly when his list contains difficult things like #2 Make a Friend and #3 Make a Best Friend.

Funny, moving and with a protagonist you can’t help but fall in love with, 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze

is

#1 Heartbreaking

#2 Heartwarming

and a book about defying the odds, not accepting the unacceptable, and one boy’s unconditional love for his nanna.

Buy 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze from Book Depository, Amazon or Amazon AU.

Further reading

Find out which eight books Clayton Zane Comber would take to a desert island with him here.

Clay Zane

Clayton Zane Comber author bio

Clayton Zane Comber is a writer from the South Coast of NSW who has held many varied roles, including a lawyer, optical dispenser, club DJ, creative writing tutor and saxophonist in a Chinese restaurant. He received his MA from Sydney University, before studying in the UK and graduating from Oxford University with distinction for his Master’s in Creative Writing. In 2017, Clayton’s varied roles eventuated in him opening Bouquiniste Bookstore Cafe Wine Bar, where he is the licensee, book curator, occasional DJ and head dishwasher. His debut novel, Shooting Stars, was published by Odyssey Books in 2011.

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