I really don’t like the cover of this book, but I liked reading it! It’s a Georgia Peach award nominee from last year, is geared toward guys, and came recommended by Mrs. Golemme, so I read it over the break. Alex, the main character and narrator, is a typical screw-up high school freshman who can’t do much right. His parents are divorced, his dad is involved with Alex’s 3rd grade teacher, and Alex is fairly angry. So when the he tries his dad’s vodka and grabs the car keys, things take quite a turn for Alex.
Don’t get me wrong – this is not a dark book. In fact, it’s kind of funny. Fortunately for Alex, he only hits a lawn gnome when he crashes (hence the silly cover). Read about Alex’s adventures as he navigates his community service (“babysitting an insane old guy”) and tries to figure out his best friend, who happens to be a girl. 9th and 10th grade guys will probably like this book. Girls too.