Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Hello Oh My Blog readers! It’s been a while. Today I have decided to post a review for Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach, which was released earlier this year and was kindly sent to me by the lovely people over at Simon & Schuster. (Thank you!) This book was really interesting in the sense that it was quite a cliche read, but it was also quite odd and quirky in a way that made it somewhat unique. Whilst it wasn’t my favorite book that I’d ever read and I did think it was quite monotone at times, there were certainly some aspects of the novel that I appreciated.
Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.
Personally, I found this book to be quite difficult to get into, and it actually ended up taking me a month to read, though I blame that more on my eternal reading slump. When I decide to make time to read this book and push through the slump, it only took me several hours to read, so if you’re looking for a lightweight, quick read, I would definitely recommend this book. In terms of what I found most intriguing about this book, I wasn’t particularly thrilled about any certain aspect, but I did quite enjoy the end. While I personally didn’t fully feel captivated by this novel, it was certainly interesting reading a story with a very steady pace throughout, and resulted in a regulated tempo without any parts of the story flatlining.
An aspect of this story that I personally found to be quite irritating was the introduction and portrayal of the female lead, Zelda. This book quite heavily utilised the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” cliche that we see from characters like Paper Town‘s Margo Roth Spiegalman, a trope that to me has always felt very overused in Young Adult literature. While I did enjoy and was intrigued by Zelda’s bravery and how outspoken she was, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed by her obvious attitude that she as superior to others. This does actually tie in with the magical realism evident in this book, another aspect that I was somewhat curious about. I went into this book expecting a fluffy contemporary read, and I instead received a quirky teen romance with a very slight hint of fantasy (I guess??). That was definitely a pleasant surprise, even though I don’t quite understand the entire storyline, as I feel the writing was quite vague. However, I could still recognise Tommy Wallach’s unique writing style coming through from his debut novel We All Looked Up (which I LOVED by the way, my review is here: https://ohmyblogyouguys.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/we-all-looked-up-by-tommy-wallach-spoiler-free-review/), I certainly feel as if this book wasn’t as strong as his original novel.
(POTENTIAL/VAGUE SPOILERS? Personally something I don’t consider significant enough to be a spoiler, but it’s certainly up to your discretion) Something I found really interesting about this book was the fact that it was written in the style of a college application essay, which wasn’t really revealed until the end of the story. I wasn’t expecting it whatsoever, and it certainly helped me to understand the manner in which the book was written – this book’s writing style was unlike anything I’d ever read before, and though I wasn’t necessarily a massive fan of it, it was definitely an interesting read. I really admire the author’s bravery in choosing such an uncommon and unheard of way in which to create a YA novel, and I really admire reading something a little different.
All in all, I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for something quick and a little out-there, but still enjoyable. I personally would rate this book a 2.5/5 stars, but I’m sure there are many of you that would enjoy this novel! And definitely don’t forget to check out Tommy Wallach’s debut We All Looked Up, which I was a massive fan of 🙂
Get the book here: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Thanks-for-the-Trouble/Tommy-Wallach/9781481418805