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Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on February 23, 2016
Genres: Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Social & Family Issues, Teen, Young Adult
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“Was this story written about me?”I shrugged.“Yes or no?”I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty.“It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said.I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote on my palm.I can’t, I wrote. Then, in tiny letters below it: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?
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.
I wanted to like Thanks for the Trouble more than I did. The plot sounded great and I really wanted to connect with the characters. After reading it, the plot was great but the characters were not my favorite. Parker is a boy who hasn’t spoken in five years since the death of his father. Hiding in the shadows, he ignores those around him until he sees a girl with silver hair drinking a cup of coffee. Zelda is a rush of pure life, interjected into Parker’s quite life. Through her he starts to see that the world he has pushed away may not be the cesspool he has thought.
Tommy Wallach started with a great premise. I adored the plot, so different and unique. Then entered the required absent and distracted YA parent to bring it down a little. The writing has some great moments and some not so great. The story ranged from sublime to a bratty teen, angry because he could not do whatever he wanted. The pacing was quick, with most of the action taking place over just a few days. The world created was real, centered around Parker’s high school and a few key San Francisco highlights. The characters and the emotions are tied together to me. The characters were super unique and I wanted to love them, but good god were they self absorbed and whiney. Parker in particular was so self absorbed he could not see the people around him that wanted to support him.
Thanks for the Trouble was a decent read, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the story as a whole, but just could not get past the main character’s selfishness. Zelda was a quirky and funny counterpoint to Parker, but I didn’t find her engaging enough to temper Parker. Now, I have seen reviews that rave about Thanks for the Trouble so I think this is a book where your mileage may vary. I didn’t dislike it, I just didn’t love it.
Favorite lines – Why is it that the bad shit in our lives always seems to take up so much more mental space than the good stuff? I wrote. Is that part of being a person, or just part of being me?
Biggest cliché – No one likes me but it has nothing to do with the fact that I never interact with them and I push them all away.
Have you read Thanks for the Trouble, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge