Friends, I received this ARC from a fellow publishing colleague on Tuesday. I started reading it on the train Thursday morning and finished it last night (which would be Friday for those trying to figure that out). This is the first book that I have fully read in a while and I gulped it down like a refreshing glass of water. So yes, thanks for the trouble, Tommy Wallach, for quenching my thirst for a good read.
Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.
From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.
Firstly, Tommy, I could kiss your writing and then wrap it up and keep it for a rainy day. I hate to make comparisons, but if you like John Green’s style you’ll love Tommy Wallach. There is a comedic poetry quality to his work that you can’t help but gobble up until you reach the end. There were many times in the day and a half of reading this (I’m serious you won’t put it down) where I found myself barking with laughter and then turning the page to find myself tearing up. It has the feels, ya’ll.
Secondly, let’s talk about Parker Santé. This is the first book I have ever read that has featured a character who can not speak (world, let’s change this fact). Parker’s situation is interesting and I would love to know who or what Tommy’s influence was when creating this character.
Lastly, I appreciate the stories within the story. Parker is a writer, mainly of Grimm-like stories (the real Grimm stories, not the sugar coated kind). Actually, I wish some of those stories would be made into a book of short stories. I would totally buy it.
About 6/8ths through the book I got a little bored. The plot seemed to drag on a bit. I won’t write the details for spoiler reasons, but it didn’t move quite as much as I would have liked.
Also, the cover of this book I do not get. Parker has a Latino background, yet the boy on the cover looks completely white. That was a bit confusing.
Buy it and then if you haven’t already, go pick up his previous book, which is also a NYT Bestseller, We All Looked Up.
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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