Reading level: Ages 14 and upMy Review:
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Buy the Book: Amazon
Release Date: November 8, 2011
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 Woman, and change the way he sees his past, present, and future. Spare in words, but abundant in big ideas and laugh out loud humor, James Proimos has crafted a novel for any teenager who’s ever had a complicated relationship with a parent. In other words, everyone.
I have a thing for nicknames. I absolutely love them. And 12 Things to do Before You Crash and Burn just happens to open up with a clever little story about how Hercules got his nickname, which pulled me in instantly, and I loved it. But this book as a whole was interesting. It was most definitely the shortest book I've read in a very long time, I easily finished it in only a couple of hours. But I can't decide if I liked that or not. I felt so accomplished after I finished it so quickly, but at the same time, I think I would have liked a little bit more story-wise. So basically, I'm neutral on the length... Other than that, I really liked Hercules. I liked how he, in the beginning, he seemed unsure of who he was, and he was maybe a little bitter at life, and by the end I felt the weight of the world had lifted off of his shoulders. The only thing I didn't love was the amount of language. I felt like every other word was a cuss word, and it just seemed unnecessary. But if that doesn't bother you, I would definitely recommend reading it. 12 Things was short and.... a manlier version "sweet"..