A viral Ebook Grendel s Guide to Love and War published The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds in this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door but ends
A viral Ebook Grendel's Guide to Love and War published 2020 The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds in this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for his enemy s sister and uncovering difficult truths about his family in the process.Tom Grendel lives a quiet life writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors, and pining for Willow, a girl next doorThe Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds in this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for his enemy s sister and uncovering difficult truths about his family in the process.Tom Grendel lives a quiet life writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors, and pining for Willow, a girl next door who rejects the manic pixie dream label But when Willow s brother, Rex the bro iest bro ever to don a jockstrap , starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens community where they live is transformed into a war zone Tom is rightfully pissed his dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD so he comes up with a plan to end the parties for good But of course, it s not that simple.One retaliation leads to another, and things quickly escalate out of control, driving Tom and Willow apart, even as the parties continue unabated Add to that an angsty existential crisis born of selectively reading his sister s Philosophy 101 coursework, a botched break in at an artisanal pig farm, and ten years of unresolved baggage stemming from his mother s death and the question isn t so much whether Tom Grendel will win the day and get the girl, but whether he ll survive intact.. Popular Ebook Grendel's Guide to Love and War This was a quirky fun debut novel. Tom Grendel is spending his summer break mowing lawns to save money for his college fund and interviewing old ladies so he can collect their stories before they are lost forever. Tom and his Dad live in a neighbourhood mostly populated by old ladies, which suits his Dad, an army major suffering for PTSD, just fine. When a new family moves in next door following a marriage breakup and the mother, a journalist is sent interstate to cover a disaster, the teenagers Rex and Willow are left alone which Rex sees as the perfect opportunity to throw a party all night every night. Tom's Dad rapidly takes off for Florida leaving Tom to wage war on his neighbours with the assistance of his best friend Ed Park and occasional help from Willow, on whom he has a crush. Rex's older, wilier cousin Wolf comes to his aid and eventually Tom's sister Zip arrives to lend a hand and mayhem ensues as they plan various pranks to close down the never-ending party. Loosely based on the tale of Beowulf and Grendel (useful information if you have read Beowulf which I haven't), this can still be enjoyed without that knowledge of that story. The writing is great, sharp and witty and conversations between the teens are often very funny. Ed and Grendel are great characters and I love that Ed's idea of a good time is to use his fake ID to go to wine tastings as he dreams of his Korean parents agreeing to allow him to study winemaking at University. Also that he is a total success at a very unusual cafe. Tom's early loss of his mother due to cancer shadows his life with his father as he is always searching for ways to know more about her and his tenderness in protecting his father and looking after the old folks in his neighbourhood is poignant. I thought Willow was a bit of a flaky character and didn't quite deserve Tom's honesty but I loved his sister Zip who is in the process of realising she's never going to make it as an actress.