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12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn by James Proimos

Saturday, December 24, 2011
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.

Goodreads Summary

When James' father passes away, he is sent to live with his Uncle Anthony.  Along the way, he sits on a train next to this beautiful girl he determines is someone he wants to date.  When he finds her Winnie the Pooh book left behind, he knows he must return the book.  His Uncle Anthony has a unique way of helping him deal with his "grief" and tasks him with a list of twelve to-dos.  Anthony begins at the beginning and slowly makes his way through the list, some by accident and some by seeking the action or person out.

James is an interesting character.  He is sullen, stubborn, and determined.  He is a bit blind when it comes to girls and has a very interesting social life while with his Uncle.  His Uncle Anthony is a different character.  He has some secrets that he reveals to James later on in the book that will give the reader that "Aha" moment.  The other characters affect James and his development in the book, but do not feature majorly. 

The events were interesting, the concept was far from the typical.  The reader will enjoy James' sarcastic, caustic nature and take on life.  The ending is perfect, the reader will be happy he/she read the book.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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