It’s Wes Anderson meets Holden Caufield in this wry and funny novel about a boy who is sent to live with his uncle when his father (a bestselling self-help author) dies.
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 Women, 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.
So good to see another great BOY BOOK hit the shelves, right? So good to see another GREAT boy book hit the shelves! That said, one of many great thing about this book is that girls who love humor, quirky characters and yes, romance, will love it just as much! A YA debut you don't want to miss!!
Heck. Even Kirkus had great things to say about James Promimos's debut YA novel!
"...the chapters of Proimos' first teen novel are packed with plenty of small details and genuine moments of ridiculous humor...readers will relish Hercules' smart-alecky, slacker sense of humor and his dogged determination to get the girl. An all-too-brief madcap summer adventure of longing, lust, confusion and clarity. (Fiction. 12 & up) " KIRKUS
Not only that but Publishers Weekly gave 12 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU CRASH AND BURN a STARRED REVIEW!
“Proimos fully inhabits the mind and voice of his hero, whose almost mythic journey offers moments hilarious, heartbreaking, and triumphant.” --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
James Proimos is married to a Beautiful and Attainable Woman and they live on a small horse farm outside of Baltimore. He has written several books for children, but this is his first novel for young adults.
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