Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonenblick


I recommend this book for: middle school and high school

Alex is a pretty good kid who makes a dumb mistake when he gets drunk and tries to drive over to his father's house to yell at him (Dad is currently dating Alex's third grade teacher!) He gets into an accident where no one is hurt -with the exception of a rather pricey lawn gnome - and is sentenced to 100 hours of community service in a nursing home. Alex is assigned to visit Solomon Lewis, an aging Jewish guitar player with emphysema and a bad attitude. Their interactions are hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking. Alex also has his mother and his best friend Laurie, a gorgeous karate master, to deal with, and all of the characters really seem like real people. This is a book that got passed around the branch from person to person, and not one of us was disappointed in it. It also has the plus of no bad language, no drug use, and the only bit of drinking involved is the stunt that gets Alex in trouble in the first place, so it can go on the 'clean' list. Read it, it's fantastic!

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