Wednesday, November 23, 2011
From School Library Journal:
12 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU CRASH AND BURN by James Proimos
Hercules Martino, 16, sits in a room full of his famous father’s admirers listening to mourners shower the closed coffin with gushing eulogies. Hercules, however, can’t quite make himself say anything nice about the man. After the funeral, his mother sends him to finish out the summer with his bachelor uncle. On the train ride to Baltimore, the teen sits next to a “Strange Beautiful Unattainable Woman” and thinks he must have her. When she gets off, she leaves her book behind. From that point on, she becomes a much-needed distraction for Hercules, as well as part of the 12 tasks his uncle assigns him to complete during his two-week stay. His first task is to choose a mission. He opts to find the Strange Beautiful Unattainable Woman and return her book. As Hercules halfheartedly completes the tasks, he finds small moments of everyday magic and discovers new aspects of himself, his family, and life. In a minimum of pages, Hercules charms readers with humor and honesty, often in raw language, and his story will appeal to those who have admired the passing Strange Beautiful Unattainable person, including reluctant readers.