Psst! Hey, YOU. Yeah you. Come over here…
Do I have a story that you’re gonna be glad YOU heard.
Picture it. Sixth grade. Just last week.
There were these kids you see, but mind you not just any kids. Kids with a mission and the means to accomplish them. The brains…Mac. The brawn…Vince. Together they were one unstoppable duo, but in a good way…at least for most of us. They could be depended on to get you outta a jam JUST like that. No problem. That was until Staples and his goons showed up. Whew. Let’s just say they got a run for their money.
Who ended up on top?
Whadda I look like, some sorta snitch?
I gave you the pieces…you put them together.
-- resumes normal voice --
So, need I say that this book was enjoyable? It was…it most certainly was. As a matter of fact, when I first heard about it a while back, I wasn’t too interested. I know, shocking right? It took coming across a copy in our local bookstore and a breeze through both the synopsis and first few pages to convince me, but then…I was hooked. Hooked I tell you! Let’s investigate this case of bookish hook-age a bit further (that sounded wrong, but you know what I mean)…
I mean come on…really, look at it! It’s a play off the old classic, The Godfather by Mario Puzo, while adding its own unique charm with a roll of toilet paper replacing the obligatory puppet strings, but really…that’s a way to control a situation as well as anyone knows that has been in the “Oh-dear-goodness-there-is-no-paper-in-this-stall!” issue before. *ahem* Anywho, book covers work to artistically portray the story within, and this is no exception. The events…or as we Italians like to say the bus-i-ness (<-- be sure to use the accent when saying this)…take place in an abandoned boy’s bathroom at a middle school, hence the toilet paper. Why is it abandoned? Good question….but that’s a story I’ll let Mac tell you sometime (as in the lead character…when you read the book) because frankly, he tells it much better than I (really, it’s too funny).
It couldn’t be helped! I kept picturing little Mac…I mean Mac…and his buddy Vince taking care of business one satisfied customer at a time. Need a favor? Sure…but I may need to call on you for one in the future. –insert appropriate accent and chin scratching here-- I mean whether or not it happens today (which if it does…whoa…), the story was so vividly described you can’t help but form images of this group. Speaking of images...
The character representation was wonderful. I especially liked how the bullies we meet throughout the course of the story are not of your cookie-cutter variety. You know…big BIG brick wall type build, usually male, not-too-quick physically or mentally, and all about the fight. This bunch…let’s just say their descriptions run the gambit from the quick and nimble (Little Paul) to the gossip girlish (PrepSchool) and everything in between…and you’d never guess (name wise at least) who the most fear-inducing one is. Nope…not Staples, though he is pretty hardcore and fairly sharp (pun somewhat intended). This is a secret I’ll share…partially at least. Ready? The bully that wins the “Most Feared” Award is….
I will say one thing though….this would be a great book turned movie. I don’t often entertain that notion because really, what
Though I can’t say that every school’s abandoned bathroom or backyard is a mini-mafia-type boss’ homestead, the problems they deal with personally and for others are dead on…no pun intended. It’s the have’s and the have not’s. Some see them and rebel against them because of their own troubles (like Staples) while others take the high road without looking down upon their fellow man (like Mac…and Vince) but in the end it’s all about being able to coexist without letting one rule the other….and if that can’t happen, putting the smack down on the offending party. – HIYA! – No, no…just kidding! Issues can resolved through non-violent means, when in doubt involve an adult to help set things straight. Keep your friends close and be careful who you “cut free”. You never know if one day that friendship would have changed your life…or theirs.
Review copy received courtesy of Kellie at Walden Pond Press. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their full catalog of bookish goodness, be sure to visit their website, blog, or follow along on Twitter. To find out more about the author, seek out his website for all there is to know (for now) on this “Author. Unicorn collector. Amateur drifter. Etc.” (seriously, his welcome page alone is a hoot). Still looking for more adventure? Not to worry. Check out the Books & Games site from HarperCollins Children's Books (of which Walden Pond Press is an imprint of) for more great information on this title, a few soon to come games related to it, sweepstakes and more reading adventures.
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