24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley
I cannot simply express how much I love this book. I have read this novel at least – at least – twenty times and still laugh, still have those “aww” moments, still identify with and adore the lead character, Jack Grammar. It’s a book about growing up, falling in love, learning life’s shitty lessons, and that’s just in high school.
Publisher’s Description: In his first novel for teenagers, newcomer Bradley shares a fresh and funny story told from the boys perspective about the trauma and pageantry that is the prom. Now packaged in a waterproof cover making this book and ideal beach read.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
The narrative is hilarious! Jack’s thoughts are random, some may even call it spastic, but yet still easy to follow. He’s funny and dorky in a way that makes you love him all the more. His slightly flighty behavior makes him seem more real. You forget you’re reading a book. It’s like watching one of your crazy best friends or your even crazier boyfriend jump right into an adventure. He IS the holy trinity of what a girl wants – sweet, funny, attractive. I relate to his character even more because he has this way of doing things that aren’t perfect. He says things he doesn’t mean and things people don’t understand (transgenic forces of springtime!) but you know he does it with a good, somewhat confused heart.
I loved the action and all the memories he shares; I love how open he is with himself, but his social awkwardness that makes you yearn to give him what he wants – his dreams! I like that he gains self-confidence throughout the novel, but it’s not suddenly there and overwhelming. Jack takes things slowly and I like that he never knows when to think things through or just jump in. For example, he has his doubts about kissing but nothing about “marrying” Pamela when he finds out she was his kindergarten sweetheart.
As you read along and really get close to the character, you find himself experiencing everything he is and feeling the same way – how stressed out he becomes by everything that’s happening. How funny he feels when the relationship with his best friend is put to the test. How completely sideswiped he is to find out the secrets that lie behind the plot of 24/7. You want to hate Kaylee and Natalie; you want him to learn how to love the other girls like Callie, Sarah, and Adrian. You adore him for figuring things out as he goes, even if it takes him a while.
I actually turned this book into a play for my senior production in high school. That’s how much I loved this book. I’d recommend it to anyone with a soft spot for cute, awkward guys with a big heart and big dreams.
Five stars and one of my all-time favorites. Seriously guys, if you like contemporary, read this. You won’t regret it!
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