My Review:Reading level: Ages 11 and up
Paperback: 272 pages
CD Publisher: Harper Children's Audio
Author's Website: http://www.jerryspinelli.com/newbery_002.htmHigh school freshman Will Tuppence just wishes that girls were as simple as science. He's drawn to his bright young classmate Mi-Su, he's not sure whether they are just pizza pals, science mavens, or, he hopes, something more. Meanwhile, his loony-toon younger sister is driving him crazy and his frienemey BT is sending out some powerful mixed signals. Newbery Medal winner (Maniac Magee) Jerry Spinelli has once again constructed a believable fable of teenage times.
I absolutely love Jerry Spinelli (I feel like now that I've read, and loved, three of his books, I can "officially" say that I love him as an author instead of only loving his books). In Smiles to Go Will is so philosophical, he's so much more than the artificial, shallow guy found in so many YA books. He has a take on life that's way beyond his years, he asks questions and ponders things that wouldn't even occur to most people, and I absolutely loved listening to his thoughts.
Not being a guy, I have no idea if Will's thought processes are "normal" for guys, but I couldn't write this review without including something about how much I love his approach to the fact that he's "drawn to" Mi-Su. His careful planning of the perfect moment, and making everything exactly how she would want it was adorable, and it made me love him so much more.
On top of loving the book itself, I thought that the audiobook for Smiles to Go was fantastic. It was, without a doubt, the shortest audiobook I've ever listened to (only four hours on disks) and I finished it in a day. I thought Conor Donovan did a great job reading, and I would definitely recommend getting the audio version of this book!