Book Club: Week Ten

    "16-year-old Alex decides to get even. His parents are separated, his father is dating his former third-grade teacher, and being 16 isn't easy, especially when it comes to girls. Instead of revenge though, Alex ends up in trouble with the law and is ordered to do community service at a senior center where he is assigned to Solomon Lewis, a "difficult" senior with a lot of gusto, advice for Alex, and a puzzling (yet colorful) Yiddish vocabulary. Eventually, the pair learn to deal with their past and each other in ways that are humorous, entertaining, and life changing."
     I devoured this book in a day. Compared to the blunt and more serious topics we've been reading about for the last few weeks, it was nice to read this charming novel. The plot line is a little obvious, but I enjoyed the chemistry and characters so much that it didn't really matter.
     Did you like Notes from the Midnight Driver or was it just me? I think the story was refreshing and lighthearted, though I will admit that I was almost in tears for a few chapters. Did you also find the plot line rather obvious? I thought that the namedropping of his daughter Judy was pretty blatant foreshadowing, and the way that the conversations were written with Sol, I knew that there was going to be some big reveal about his character (the guitar playing career). I also could tell that something was going to sprout between the two little lovebirds, but I was really hoping that it would be something more. UGH, I really just needed a great little love story this week, and they were so cute. This book really spoke to my girlier emotions, that's for sure. 
     I don't have much to complain about for this book. I wish the big surprises hadn't been so obvious, but otherwise it was a great light-hearted story about life. I could relate to it, and I was entirely unable to put it down. Overall, I rate this book 8.5 out of 9. Go check it out!

     Thus brings us to the end of the 10-week book club. Summer's almost over, and it feels pretty weird. It always goes by so fast. Let me know if you enjoyed this little ongoing project, and maybe we can do more/something like it in the future!


  1. I"ve heard a lot about this book, and this made me want to read it even more!


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