12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn by James Proimos

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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.
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.
 

About James Proimos

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James Proimos (www.shinypear.com) lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Johanna Wright (johannawright.com) lives in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Roaring Brook Press. 128 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After his television-celebrity dad’s death, 16-year-old Hercules Martino is sent from his Upper West Side home to Baltimore to spend the last two weeks of summer with his Uncle Anthony.

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Beloved by all but Hercules, that is, who eulogizes his father thusly: “He was an ass.” In chapters lasting just a page or so, Hercules gives a blunt and blisteringly funny account of his misadventures (“Horses are running everywhere.

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Once Hercules arrives, he’s handed a list of twelve tasks, including finding the best pizza place in town, mucking stalls at a horse farm, and completing seven job interviews, which must be completed in twelve days.

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