Thought for the Day:
Jack wakes up on his eighteenth birthday and decides it might be a good idea to almost commit suicide. His ex-girlfriend calls before he can figure out how to almost kill himself. She has just given birth to their son. Jack has not heard from Jess in quite awhile. She wants him to see their son before he is given up for adoption. Jack goes to the hospital and, when Jess hands the baby to him, everything changes. Jack decides he really wants to introduce his son to his grandmother, Bob, and he takes the baby and leaves. Being a student of philosophy (and not being very believable as a high school senior), Jack names the baby Socrates and begins to imbue the newborn with stories of ancient Greece and lots of mythology, a great foundation for any child. Jack corrals his best friend, Tommy, to help him get to grandma’s house and Jess comes along as well as they dodge police and take a journey of a lifetime.
“High school psychology taught me it’s important to give out verbal cues when someone else is talking, even when you have no idea what they’re talking about.”
If one is looking for an entertaining read, look no further. This book is wacky and wild and funny, but a bit over the top. Teens will like this one a lot.
I suggest you click HERE and poke around Emil Ostrovski’s web site. His bio and his “Unfrequently Asked Questions” are worth a look. He’s a very funny guy.
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