Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach

Zoe: Hello everyone, hope you are all well, today I am reviewing a book I recently finished called Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach. I thought it was really interesting and different do wanted to share my thoughts with you all.


“I’ve got some questions for you. Was this story written about me?” I shrugged. “Yes or no?” I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty. It brought a bloom to her pale cheeks and made sharp shelves of her cheekbones. “It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said. I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote I can’t on my palm.

Then, in tiny letters below it, I finished the thought: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?

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.

I was recommended this book as I found it really different which was really nice. It has been a while since I read a book this quickly and that was mainly because it was an easy, engaging, quick read which I found quite refreshing. At the beginning of the book I was immediately hooked. I thought the narrators voice was really different and I loved the way it was written. It was really a breath of fresh air and I loved the way the first chapter is written in third person, with Parker trying to write a story about his life without the perspective of himself, and then he changes his mind and it changes to first person. I thought this was a really fun way to begin and allowed us as the readers to get an insight into him as a character

One really strong aspect of this book was the character development. I loved getting to explore the characters, the 2 main being Parker and Zelda. I thought Parker was really well established and we were able to see him as a character even though he doesn’t speak through his writing. I loved getting to see the way he communicated especially when it came to Zelda. I often found myself getting his writing in his journal confused with him actually talking so this was also quite a distinction from other novels. The other thing I loved was getting to read the short stories Parker wrote throughout the book as they were so original and a nice addition to the story. The other main character was Zelda who was a very quirky, mysterious silver-haired girl. She was very absurd and I never really felt like I connected with her as she seemed quite distant. Nevertheless I thought she was really lovely and added to the story nicely.

“When change loses its magic, then there really isn’t anything left to live for.” 

As the story continued I found myself losing interest a bit as it became a bit slow. I got a bit lost within all the stories and whimsical chats they were having. I felt like the story really didn’t move forward during the 2nd-3rd quarter of the book and got a bit lost. Despite this I continued through one of my favourite things about the book was the ending. It was really bittersweet but I think I knew it was coming. It perfectly summed up the book going in full circle and was really beautiful. I thought this book had it positives and negatives but I would definitely recommend this book to everyone as an quick, easy and unique read because it was very engaging and something a lot of people would enjoy.

3.5/5 stars

Thank you so much for reading everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely December and enjoying the Christmas spirit. If any of you have read this, make sure to tell me how you enjoyed it in the comments below. We will be back with another post soon. x


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