Audio Book Review: Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach



Title: Thanks for the Trouble
Author: Tommy Wallach
Narrator:  Francisco Pryor Garat

Tommy Wallach, the New York Times bestselling author of the “stunning debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) We All Looked Up, delivers a brilliant new novel about a young man who overcomes a crippling loss and finds the courage to live after meeting an enigmatic girl.

“Was this story written about me?”
I shrugged.
“Yes or no?”
I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty.
“It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said.
I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote on my palm.
I can’t, I wrote. Then, in tiny letters below it: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?

Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.


Short story: Wow what a story.  

Now the details: I don't even know where to begin to review this story.  It was amazing.  Frustrating.  Hopeful.  Sad.  Funny.  Real - or was it?  What I mean by the last one is the ending!  But I can't comment much because I don't want to give things away.  All I know is that I adored it way more than I ever expected it to.  I grew to really really like Parker.  I felt for him.  The story was more complicated and complex than I ever thought it would be. So many times while listening I had to make myself leave the car.  (I only listen in the car) I just wanted to know more, and why and how.  I questioned things - could I believe Parker?  Could I believe Zelda?  Where is this story going?  The whole package was great.  I'm so glad I picked it up and listened to it.  It has really stuck with me. 

Thoughts on the audio book: I LOVED the narrator.  He did such a great job.  I loved his accent because it made Parker come to life even more.  He just did a wonderful job.  I hope to find more books he has narratored.  

1 comment

  1. I love audio books- especially when the narrator does a good job. :) This sounds like an awesome book. I hadn't heard of it before, but your review made me want to read it.
    ~Jess

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