Day: January 13, 2014
Angelo Bastillo is a mess. He’s just starting high school and the girl he’s had a crush on forever has just dumped him. To further complicate his acne-infested life, he is picked on by twin sadistic bullies, and his cheapskate stay-at-home dad forces him to call a suicide line to discuss his adolescent problems because he’s too cheap to send him to a real therapist.
Once in school, Angelo and a bunch of his misfit buddies stumble upon a cache of drug money belonging to a student drug dealer and decide to heist it. From that fateful decision, things get even more complicated for Angelo, as things go from bad to unbelievably bad.
Anyone who remembers the first year of high school – even without the drug connection – will instantly identify with Alan Gallauresi’s Heist School Freshmen. The author taps into the angst of that turbulent period in a teenager’s life in a way that will have you nodding in agreement, your stomach bubbling with anxiety, and laughing until you wet your pants. And, if you were lucky enough to not have experienced high school as hell, you’ll finish the book hopefully with a bit more sympathy for those of us who did.
I received a free review copy of Heist School Freshmen – not in time for Christmas, but it was a great present anyway.