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The sample sounded cute. The book turns out to be thoroughly adolescent, mildly amusing, but mostly not. Our hero crashes his mother's car, knocking down a garden gnome, and hilarity does not ensue. There is a lot of talking with his platonic girlfriend, a courtroom proceeding in which he is sentenced to do some volunteer work at a nursing home, and extended conversations with Sol, the old Jewish guy who gives him what is meant to be a lot of funny, cute, annoying shtick, but really, once again, not. His parents are in the process of divorcing, and try to reconcile, and there is a lot of nervousness and palpitation about that. The young man can write a little, and this is not bad for a first attempt, but it's not great, or even all that good. Worth buying at the $5 sale? Probably not. Give it a skip.
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When I first started listening to this book, I was afraid it would be too juvenile and simplistic for me, an adult listener. However, I soon began to empathize with Alex as he struggles towards emotional maturity and discovers the importance of families and friendships. The quirky humour found throughout the story plays counterpoint to its poignancy. The reader delivers a perfect Yiddish accent, while at the same time authentically portraying the teenage voice of Alex. A touching and amusing story for listeners of all ages.
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