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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,613 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jordan Sonnenblick Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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Alex Peter Gregory, you are a moron! Laurie slammed her palms down on my desk and stomped her foot.

I get a lot of that. One car crash. One measly little car crash. And suddenly, I'm some kind of convicted felon. My parents are getting divorced, my dad is shacking up with my third-grade teacher. I might be in love with a girl who could kill me with one finger, and now I'm sentenced to baby-sit some insane old guy. What else could possibly go wrong?

This is the story of Alex Gregory, his guitar, his best gal pal Laurie, and the friendship of a lifetime that he never would have expected.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica710 | 2/19/2014

    " wow. this book was amazing. well it's basically the second book to the first book, "drums, girls & dangerous pie" & it's about a boy who got arrested, his parents are getting an divorce & getting a friendship that he would remember. this book got me threw the weirdest emotions & i recommend this book to kids who loved the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason Archibald | 2/13/2014

    " Angsty teenage humor. It almost made me like old people. Almost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Zabin | 1/30/2014

    " I thought that this book was among the funniest books I have ever read. I was cracking up the whole time and was totally involved in it. Although it was hilarous, it was really touching. It showed that everyone has a good side to them, even if they don't show it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/29/2014

    " What if an otherwise great kid did something really bad and refused to take any responsibility for it? Sonnenblick takes this question and creates the character of 16-year-old Alex Gregory. Like many teenagers, Alex is mad. He is angry at his dad for dating his 3rd grade teacher, he's mad at his Mom for going out on dates, and he's upset about his parents separation. After drinking alcohol Alex decides he is going to drive to his father's place and let him have a piece of his mind. He winds up in an accident (injuring a gnome lawn statue) and is required by Judge Judy Trent to do 100 hours of community service at a nearby nursing home. Enter Solomon Lewis, an old and crotchety Jewish elder who is dying of emphysema. Needless to say, community service starts out pretty rocky for Alex. Sol insults him in both Yiddish and English, and Alex reveals no remorse for his actions in letters he is required to write to Judge Judy. Eventually the relationship between Sol and Alex develops. They find commonalities, including a love of music and guitar and Alex comes to realize that Sol is more complicated that he first thought. The story wraps up a bit neatly-most broken families and angry teens don't transform themselves that quickly. But this is still a great story of intergenerational frienship that strikes very real chords. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LC | 1/24/2014

    " Wonderful book. Covers the serious subject of drunk driving but adds great sarcasm and humor in an appropriate way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Youth | 1/23/2014

    " Love this book! Give it to a YA guy - he will love it!SD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty ~ Bow Ties Are Cool | 1/16/2014

    " I think it's a good book. I think Jordan Sonnenblick did a great job writing a good realistic fiction book about real-life problems/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 paula mcnamer | 1/14/2014

    " sweet story. such fresh, funny, heart warming writing. sonnenblick might be one of my new favorite authors!Jordan Sonnenblick "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/11/2014

    " Funny book that really showed how we are resposible for ourselves "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubry Tipton | 1/2/2014

    " This book is a relly grate book about a boy teenager his dad and mom are do not live togather. As his life takes a turn for the worst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Valdes | 12/31/2013

    " It is one oke those books that you laugh and cry.I loved this heart warming book :D "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sami F | 12/20/2013

    " i liked the book. i did not like the ending at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina Valdez | 11/6/2013

    " Sweet story of a young boy who does wrong and forms an unusual friendship through his sentencing. Quick read, even shed a tear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Kirby Vallejo | 11/4/2013

    " It was good, but there's other YA I've liked more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 11/1/2013

    " Good YA book with a good message. The narrative voice was a little annoying to me, but it was a very quick read and the story development was good. I think I'm a little disappointed because based on the reviews I read, I was expecting more. Good filler book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loreley Leabhart | 10/27/2013

    " This book is very good and funny. At first Alex seems kind of stupid but he gets smarter as the book progresses. The lesson i learned was that you probably love some one more than you think you do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 3/12/2013

    " A hilarious read that was given to me by one of my professors. I picked it off the shelf last night looking for something good to read and it was. I laughed and even cried. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 3/7/2013

    " Trite and cliched. The author has doen better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 2/5/2013

    " A fun book that (I am very glad to say) was not slow to catch my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/24/2013

    " A great book. Hilarious yet touching in its own special way. Sonnenblick has a way of keeping a positive mood in the midst of not so pleasant circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Miller | 7/29/2012

    " I really give this 4 1/2 stars. It was just not quite as good as Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darilyn | 7/7/2012

    " Contains a good message for teens about redemption through spending time with the elderly. Totally makes up for the decapitated garden gnome that was victim to the drunk driving incident. I preferred this author's other book, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 catabingbong | 3/22/2012

    " This book was kinda sad, annoying, funny, and interesting to me...I liked it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Cox | 10/10/2011

    " Sonnenblick's characters ring true, and his story is well-told and resonant. Recommended for middle school and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brighid H. | 9/17/2011

    " It's was a great book because it was funny, and it showed a great lesson and the characters were great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~MuSiC bAbY~ | 8/2/2011

    " this book is verry funny! It also has a sad twist to it, so it makes you feel connected to the situation, and you feel empathy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 5/20/2011

    " This was a funny book I had a good time reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/3/2011

    " This book is great. I love how his life changes when he meets Sol, a retired guitar player.The main character "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/27/2011

    " I like the premise but felt the author tried too hard to sound young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 4/14/2011

    " The very best book in the world. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 4/12/2011

    " I thought that this book was among the funniest books I have ever read. I was cracking up the whole time and was totally involved in it. Although it was hilarous, it was really touching. It showed that everyone has a good side to them, even if they don't show it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 4/6/2011

    " Silly, touching, and oh-so-possible. Loved it. ;) I related to it a lot. Sonnenblick is a fave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 4/2/2011

    " One of the few L.A. books i actually liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 3/28/2011

    " Guy teen narrator. Ties in to drunk driving, family issues, girl problems, and coping with an older family member in a nursing home. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madison | 3/8/2011

    " Pretty good but the man shouldn't have died at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 3/7/2011

    " Really liked the funny and touching storytelling - Sonnenblick wove a great plot together here. "

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About the Author
Author Jordan Sonnenblick

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, Notes From the Midnight Driver, and Zen and the Art of Faking It. In addition to being a writer, he is a middle-school English teacher and would never penalize one of his students for bringing an imaginary friend to school.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.