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Project Sweet Life

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  • Posted July 21, 2011


    This book was amazing!!! I stayed up till 1 reading it bc i couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2010

    Reviewed by Mark G.

    Three boys who are named Dave,Victor, and Curtis that are 15 years old.Dave is a teenager that has brown hair with uneven parts.Victor is described as a Big Picture Guy, with outgoing and is a great talker.He is also a great liar.He lives his life to the fullest.He has blond hair and Rosy cheeks.He is athletic.Curtis is like a choir boy.He is a small Hispanic boy that wears classes.He isn't Blond and athletic like Victor.He mostly likes science and computers.They have known each other for years.They have been told by their dads to get a summer job in the 1st 3 days of summer.They can't believe they have to get a summer job.They couldn't really believe it at first.They are forced to get a job to meet people, and be more responsible.Their Allowance has been taken away to make them get a job.They are really annoyed to get a summer job.They try to manage.They try coming up with a plan to fake their jobs.Victor's fake job is to become a lifeguard at the Fircrest pool.Curtis' fake job is to work at KFC(Kentucky Fried Chicken).They try to figure a way to make money without doing the work.They have to gather $7,000 for the 3 of them.They think making $7,000 is easy but it really isn't.They used a Magic 8 Ball to answer if their Summer-Jobs Project is a go and it said yes.Things don't go as they think.They named their plan "Project Sweet Life" because they wanted a easy, and a relaxing life.They try doing a garage sale with out the garage part.They think of selling worthy stuff in the junk they find.They agreed that no one would really buy stuff that's been thrown away.They even think of selling their stuff like,their television,popcorn maker,and couch.This is a good thing to relate to a teenager who has to get a summer job.They can still face the same difficulties as they do.They would have the same opinion about what they should do in their time in summer.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger

    Shakaila Laribo

    Dave, Curtis, and Victor, are best friends, ready to enjoy their summer, until their dads have a talk with them. The boys are told that they will all have to get summer jobs, because they are 15. They do not like this, so they decide to make a plan. They decide to try to earn the money, without gettng a summer job. There are many schemes that the boys try, to earn the money. I enjoyed reading this book, and it is probably one of the best books that I have ever read. There were many times, when I just could not put down the book. It was very interesting, and it kept me thinking. Something that suprised me was that the boys never got caught by any of their famalies. That really amazed me.I also wish that the book went on a little bit longer, to tell me what happened to the characters. Otherwise the book was awesome, and I think that everyone should read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    Sweet indeed!

    Age R: 12+
    Release Date: February 3, 2009
    Project Sweet life is the story about fifteen year old Dave and his two best friends, Curtis and Victor. The day right before their summer vacation begins, their dads spring this crazy order on them, they have to get a job. They absolutely cannot have this! I mean they're only fifteen! They shouldn't have to work, besides they had everything planned out for the summer. Since they don't want this job thing ruining their vacation they decide to come up with the cash they would have made working all summer ($7,000 bucks to be exact) in a quick way so that they have the rest of the summer to do what they had been planning. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.
    I really liked this book. The story was very ...sweet. hehe It's basically about these three good friends going through an adventure. I absolutely love those kinds of stories and thankfully this book was just as good. It made me laugh out loud at times, gosh the things these kids think up! Hilarious. The three fellas were unfortunate enough to end up having bad luck in a bunch of the schemes they tried to make themselves rich quick. It was pretty fun to read about. I could easily picture this becoming a movie and trust me, I'd be one of the first to see it. :)
    I loved the whole friendship subject, absolutely loved it! It's really great how each of the boys had their own funky personality but they were good together anyway, it's really cute. :)
    A bunch of the schemes really seems like they would work and I was seriously thinking, "Whoa they make those seven grand that fast?" It really surprises you which is nice. Did I mention it was very funny? Gosh I just cracked up so much with the old lady part, you have no idea how much I laughed. Too funny.
    The reason I didn't give this book a higher rating was because I didn't like a few things about it. I didn't like that the mother was so..weak. The husband seemed to be the one to always call the shots while the mother just sat there quitely and did nothing. I hated that VERY much. tsk tsk Another thing I didn't like was that sometimes the story got slow. Thankfully it didn't so much that I didn't enjoy the book but it still happened. If anything I'm sure younger readers will love it more than its intended audience; young adults. I would have given this four stars if it weren't for that.

    I recommend Project Sweet Life to those looking for a cute, semi-light read full of adventure and friendship. :D

    -The Sandlot
    -Stand by Me (Movie and Stephen King's Short Story)
    -The Goonies
    -old ladies

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    A modern-day Tom Sawyer!

    The boys continue to devise more money-making ideas that range from catching bank robbers to guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar. Each time, the Fates look down upon them and cackle with evil glee!

    I rooted for the boys with each page turn, and my heart sank as they came up empty-handed in cash (though definitely overwhelming full of wild stories!). My favorite part of the story is when Victor would make up saint names to exclaim his frustration, including:

    * Holy Parsimonious, patron saint of tightwads
    * Holy Saint Lysol, Our Lady of Kitchen Grease

    Brent Hartinger created a charming story that I quite enjoyed - unlike the raunchy Boy Minus Girl that I read a while back - and, though their schemes and lives became more and more outrageous, I cannot help but harbor the belief that it really could have happened!

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for

    This was going to be a great summer for Dave, Curtis, and Victor - until their dads decided they needed to get summer jobs. Everyone knows that fifteen is the last chance you get to enjoy your summer before you turn sixteen, and summer jobs are pretty much required. A summer job at fifteen is just unfair!

    So instead of working, the friends decide on Project Sweet Life. All they need to do is somehow raise the money they would have gotten by working all summer, and once that's done, they get all summer to enjoy the sweet life.

    But making $7,000 isn't as easy as it seems. Can they manage to hide their non-existent summer jobs from their parents? What happens when they want to visit? And can they make their money without breaking the law or working too hard and still have time to enjoy the sweet life?

    When I first read the summary on the back of this book, I immediately thought of my brother. He's fifteen and this sounded exactly like something he would try and plan. I had high hopes for this book - and it didn't let me down!

    This book was hilarious and had me turning pages to see what the next Project Sweet Life plan would be. There's plenty of mystery and adventure packed into Dave, Curtis, and Victor's summer. The best part was that none of it ever felt like it was unrealistic - I really believed that the crazy adventures and money schemes could actually work!

    Author Brent Hartinger has the perfect voice of teen boys. His characters sounded exactly like the ones I know. This would make a great pick for reluctant readers, but is a treat for anyone. The story will have you laughing and cheering for the boys to get their sweet life.

    PROJECT SWEET LIFE is a must-read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

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