Monday, March 2, 2009

Project Sweet Life


For most kids, fifteen is the year of the optional summer job: Sure, you can get a job if you really want one, but it isn't required or anything. Too bad Dave's dad doesn't agree! Instead of enjoying long days of biking, swimming, and sitting around, Dave and his two best friends are being forced by their fathers into a summer of hard labor.
The friends have something else in mind, though: Not only will they not work over the summer, but they're determined to trick everyone into believing they really do have jobs. So what if the lifeguard doesn't have a tan or the fast-food worker isn't bringing home buckets of free chicken? There's only one problem: Dave's dad wants evidence that his son is actually bringing in money. And that means Dave, Curtis, and Victor will have to get some . . . without breaking the law and without doing any work!
Project Sweet Life is designed for the funny and lazy bone in all of us—a true comedy of errors (without any effort!) from seasoned storyteller Brent Hartinger.


Beth says 3 Stars...

This book was just fun! The three main characters invent crazy schemes to earn money that inevitably end in failure... or do they? This plot contained both the expected in equal measure. At times the plot felt forced, however. One has to wonder if a bunch of lazy teenage boys would go through all of the effort that they did in the book. Not to knock booys, but I'm a teenager and I know about the summer. The writing style was good, though. The characters were pretty well done, however I feel like there could have been more emphasis placed upon them versus the plot. Despite this, the wildly different personalities of the characters all compliamented one another to create a fun group. The main reason I'm giving this book a lower rating is that it lacked depth. Even though this book was never about anything really deep, I feel like there could have been a little something more put into it. Anyway, this book would be a good summer read because it appeals to the slacker in all of us!


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