It's true he's an impulsive show pony when there's a girl in sight and that he's an irresponsible idiot who gets himself in the most ridiculous situations, but Austin is also heart-rendingly adorable.
It's not just because he shares the complex reasons for his idiot actions, or that he is a ruthless self-assessor. Austin Methune is full of heart, even when it comes to his nemesis.
It's true Austin makes wrong turn after disastrous misstep but he does steady for a while. I confess, it was weird to feel uncomfortable when he was doing almost normal things.
In the end I think he broke my heart as well as his own.
But you know what? Austin's journey through sixteen was real. My own regrets over teenage craziness melted into acceptance as I saw how inevitable mistakes are. It's life and it hurts but that's okay.
If you want to laugh, cry, tense with unease and hope all in the space of a novel, don't wait to pick up The Bad Decisions Playlist. It's a keeper.
Title: The Bad Decisions Playlist
Author: Michael Rubens
Publisher: Penguin, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2016
For ages: 14 years +
Type: Young Adult