Title: Thanks for the Trouble
Author: Tommy Wallach
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.
Okay so I absolutely whizzed through this one, it was short but it was also adventurous and exhilarating.
You know when you’re just stuck in a rut and you need a refreshing book to get you out of that rut? Thanks for the Trouble did that for me. But it also made me think a lot deeper into things.
Having met Tommy now I could pick out his inspirations behind writing this novel the way he did (It was inspired by films surprise surprise). But I could also understand his ideas about teenage love and time and life.
Written in the form of a college application Thanks for the Trouble takes you on this journey condensed into one weekend where there is diversity through our handicapped protagonist, I mean having a protagonist who couldn’t speak out into the wide world must’ve been really challenging but was done really well. There’s also Zelda who is so insightful and she makes you question the darkest parts of yourself, about moving on and Zelda’s just the kind of person who’d walk into your house and give you a wake up call with the question what are you doing with your life?
I could go on and on about the characters but the story itself is so good you know? I mean the entire universe of adolescent mishaps is captured in this novel, at times i felt this novel’s writing echoed John Green or Stephen Cbosky’s novels. We have the whole Parker coming of age by confronting his fears about his father’s death and his mother’s inability to move on and his ideas about love.
The ending. As with all the Tommy Wallach novels I’ve read (a total of two) the ending remains ambiguous. And I really like the message he’s trying to send about high school relationships and, I’m starting to feel like I appreciate realistic albeit cynical endings to the typical boy ends up with girl endings.