Thanks For The Trouble, by Tommy Wallach pairs a high concept story, unique characters, and excellent writing. Since I’ve been so focused on writing in the last few months, I haven’t been reading a lot. But I knew this was one book I had to get my hands on. In the story, high school writer Parker Santé hasn’t spoken in the five years since his father died. He meets a silver haired girl, Zelda, who looks his age but claims to be over 200 years old. Zelda plans to spend $5,000 (her last money) and then jump of the Golden Gate bridge. In a Halloween romp around the city Zelda tries to get through to isolated Parker as he tries to find experiences that will convince Zelda not to kill herself. It’s part romance, part fantasy, part coming-of-age story. All of it is written in sharp, clever prose I remember from Wallach’s debut last year, We All Looked Up. Continue reading “Thanks For The Trouble, by Tommy Wallach”
The jacket copy of We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach, reads: Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever. But then we all looked up and everything changed. They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end. Two months to really live.
Between the Breakfast Club language and the end of the world thing, despite the hype around this book (a debut novel starting out on the New York Times Best Sellers List) I kind of expected it to either be really gimmicky or really depressing. I was wrong. It was amazing. Definitely worth all the hype and more. Continue reading “Book Review: We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach”