Thanks for the Trouble

Thanks for the Trouble

Book - 2016
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Tommy Wallach, the New York Times bestselling author of the "stunning debut" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review) We All Looked Up , delivers a brilliant new novel about a young man who overcomes a crippling loss and finds the courage to live after meeting an enigmatic girl.

"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.

From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781481418805
Branch Call Number: YA WAL
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm

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msp_pier
Aug 12, 2016

if you were a fan of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, then you will definitely be a fan of Thanks for the Trouble. Parker hasn't spoken in over 5 years since a tragic accident. he's stopped going to therapy, he's stopped trying to make friends, and he's stopped caring about school. he spends his day writing and hanging around hotels people watching. on Halloween, he meets Zelda. a sad girl sitting alone in a hotel restaurant with silver hair. he writes her a story and what follows is an adventurous weekend exploring San Francisco. Zelda helps Parker by opening him up and getting him to realize all of the possibilities life has to offer. Zelda and Parker are realistically written, flawed, cynical, honest, human. (very John Green-ish). the story is lovely, enchanting, and a little bit whimsical. you could think of Zelda as the typical manic-pixie-dream-girl, but to me, she was so much than that. i loved Tommy Wallach's debut, We All Looked Up, and i LOVED this book as well.

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mfollowstheroad
Jun 09, 2016

My favorite parts are the fairy tales Parker wrote! I wonder where he ends up going college wise.

LPL_CentennialC Mar 21, 2016

Tommy Wallach knows how to write real teenagers...even if one of these teenagers claims to be 246 years old. (Curious? Just start reading it!) Simultaneously comedic and poignant, realistic and magical, this book is an odd little coming of age gem. Recommended for lovers of John Green & Andrew Smith!

CMLibrary_kmullis Mar 03, 2016

A great read. The characters are whip-smart, yet still fumbling through their lives trying to sort through their own tragedies. Full of mystery and heartbreak, yet with enough humor and hope to keep the reader smiling.

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