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The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys Hardcover – April 27, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
However, because of some of the sexual language and such (not a great deal of it really), I won't be giving this book to my son for a while. I would suggest parents read this book before giving it to their children to read. But since it is a good book that you will most likely enjoy, that should not be a chore at all.
One good thing about this book other than the never-ending action and never-gets-boring pace is that is does teach a couple relevant lessons about people. I can't go into detail as that may give away too much information to those who have not read the book, but one thing the book points out is that what some people find important about others just maybe isn't what is really important in life.
Really, this is a good book. If your kid doesn't like to read, I would suggest his book. It tends to grab you, draw you into the action, and not let you go. Just read it yourself first to see if your child is of the age that you don't mind him reading some of the sex and drug talk parts of the book (which aren't bad really, but it might not be something you want your kid to be asking about yet depending upon his or her age).
Enjoyable book, well-written, teaches a couple good lessons.
Charlie and Jake were friends once, a long time ago. Back before both their lives changed, before divorces and everything that goes with them. They were BEST friends, in fact, when throwing water balloons at unsuspecting motorists was the height of entertainment, before Jake broke Charlie's Game Boy and refused to admit it. Now that it matters anymore, because that was a long time ago, like I said. Now, in the second half of high school, it's so long in the past that Charlie doesn't even have to avoid Jake's eyes in the hall and pretend they're strangers. They ARE strangers. Which just makes what happened, what started it all, that much more surreal.
Charlie had pretty much resigned himself to the beating Leo Gonzalez was in the act of giving him when Jake pulled up in the stolen car - the classic, cherry-red `67 Mustang also known as Principal Harkin's pride and joy. He probably could have done something else - given what happened in the end, he probably SHOULD have done something else - but at the time, it seemed to Charlie as if he had only two choices: jump in the stolen car and worry about the wrath of Principal Harkin later, or stay where he was and get beaten to a pulp right now. Charlie chose the car and that's how it started. - the crazy, random road trip that ended in a courtroom, several states away. But to truly understand, to wrap your mind around all the things that went wrong, you really have to begin with that choice.
This is one of those unexpected, amazing novels that is impossible to describe without giving too much away.Read more ›
And so begins a road trip. They team up with a super sad young woman and have to make choices about how involved to get with her life. They explore their friendship and Charlie,a talented artist, begins to rethink his plan for the future- which had been to be a doctor like his father.
Eventually they make it to Denver where Charlie's dad lives and the first line plays out - If I told you how I killed the kid I can't start with the day it happened. Won't be a spoiler, read the book.
And was glad I did.
From the first sentence I was hooked. I read the book in a little over a day, fearing that there was no way that the writer could bring this whole thing together for a successful ending.
I shouldn't have worried. It was great and I'll definitely be reading more of his stuff.
Jake is the bad boy in the book, at least according to some standards. He's the one that leads Charlie on his epic quest and helps him learn the difference between what matters and what doesn't. Make no mistake, the lessons Charlie learns come at a high price that will shock most readers. Charlie and Jake's road trip is filled with talk of sex, drug use and profanity - all new things in Charlie's life. The action is non stop, and readers will easily relate to Charlie's fear and confusion as he struggles with trying to determine just who he is and what is important to him.
This is a good read, and even though it loses it's way a couple of times, still packs quite a punch. Most readers won't mind the detours and will find the ending satisfying even if some might think it's a bit too neat. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could see this story really happening. The things that take place are things that I could see my friend and I getting into if we took off on a road trip.Published 9 months ago by tammi avery
Great coming of age story. I believed in the characters and was hoping for Charlie to be happy at last.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
I am an avid reader and book seller. I frequently read teen readers so I can recommend them to my customers. I rarely do this but I have to share my thoughts on this "Teen" book. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Bookseller