Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Review: 12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn, by James Proimos

Even though the first scene of 12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn is the main character's father's funeral, the story is light and funny. It's not without a message, though.

After his famous day-time talk show host father dies, Hercules' mother sends him to stay with his Uncle Anthony. Hercules has always been bored when visiting his Uncle, but this time Anthony gives him a list of 12 things to accomplish in 12 days. Hercules has no intention of following through, but he definitely has accomplished the first task -- "Choose a Mission." From there, he just happens to make progress through the rest of the tasks on the list.

Herc is a typical teen -- obsessed with the opposite sex, which gets him in some uncomfortable situations. He also is somewhat famous, because of a picture that everyone has seen of him and his father. He doesn't relish this fame, since he thinks his father was an ass. (His word, not mine.)

12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn is only 120 pages long, and there's a lot of half pages. I read it in a little more than an hour. It's funny, but Herc grows and learns a bit about himself, his family, and some life lessons. There's not a lot of depth, but this is a cute little book about a teen trying to make it through a difficult time.

Published by Roaring Book Press, 2011
Copy obtained from the library
121pages (qualifies for my Books You Can Read in a Day Challenge!)

Rating: 3.5/5

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  1. Short books are what I can handle right now! --Stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year!! Still struggling to find time to comment on post so just wanted to let you know that you're in my thoughts even when I don't stop by much. :)

  2. Glad it was funny and cute.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I thought this was a good book with an interesting concept. And it doesn't hurt that students can read it quickly.

  4. Great review. This is a new book for me and sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I am intrigued by this one. I love a dramatic opening!


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