Release Date: November 8, 2011
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Dates Read: August 6, 2012
How Acquired: Borrowed from the library
Description: 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 Woman, and change the way he sees his past, present and future. (Taken from Goodreads.com)
My Review: This book was a definite chill-out, mindless, quick, easy read and that is exactly what I needed. It only took me about 45 minutes to read this book and I enjoyed it. Hercules goes to stay with his uncle after his father passes away. His uncle gives him a list of 12 things to accomplish while he is staying with him (for two weeks). At first Hercules finds the list ridiculous, but then, in strange ways he begins to cross off things on the list (sometimes on purpose and sometimes by accident). The book follows the change in Hercules as he becomes more comfortable with himself and the life that he leads. It helps him address the issue of his father's death and the rocky relationship that they had. (And all within 45 minutes, haha). Overall, I thought it was a good book. Like I said, an easy read that could be devoured in one sitting.
My Rating: Liked It