Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Review: 12 Things To Do Before You Crash & Burn by James Proimos

Title: 12 Things To Do Before You Crash & Burn
Author: James Proimos
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan)
Hardcover, 121 pages
Date Published: November 8, 2011
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
It’s Wes Anderson meets Holden Caufield in this wry and funny novel about a boy who is sent to live with his uncle when his father (a bestselling self-help author) dies.

James “Hercules” Martino has until the end of the summer (a.k.a. two weeks) to accomplish the twelve tasks given to him by his Uncle Anthony. The tasks will take him to the far reaches of Baltimore, lead him to a Beautiful and Unattainable Women, and change the way he sees his past, present and future.
12 Things To Do Before You Crash & Burn is a very quick read, taking me only about an hour. But it’s also a bit of a dull read. The story revolves around James “Hercules” Martino spending the summer after his father’s death at his uncle’s house. To keep him busy, Herc’s uncle gives him a list of 12 things to do in his boring Baltimore suburb, but Herc’s preoccupied with a girl he barely spoke to on his train ride from his hometown in NYC.

As far as plot goes, 12 Things To Do Before You Crash & Burn is somewhat lackluster. It’s a good book for reluctant readers, and definitely geared more towards a male audience, but Herc’s list of 12 things lacks purpose. He goes here , there, and chases this idea of a girl everywhere, but I never felt the connection as to why. Things just happen, but they don’t seem to matter.

The story behind Herc’s nickname is a nice touch and adds some depth to the main character, but all in all, 12 Things To Do Before You Crash & Burn remains a rather slow and predictable book. If you’re looking for something to read quickly, in one sitting, then this is a good one to pick up. Proimos injects some good humor that many readers will eat up, so if simple, teen male read is what you’re in the mood for, this one will certainly satisfy.

Opening line: There is a jar of pickles. ~ pg. 1
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Candace said...

I think it's a great idea for a book but it's too bad it didn't really deliver :( Good thing it was a fast read!

BookLuvr Mindy said...

Doesn't sound like a book I would read. Thanks for your honest input!

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