No Problem

No Problem

4.0 1
by Dayle Campbell Gaetz
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Curt seems to have it all—a girlfriend, friends, a good summer job and a guaranteed position on the baseball team with the promise of a professional career. Then, one misstep causes his world to unravel and his life to plummet into the depths of depression and addiction. A bleak yet ultimately hopeful story about one teen's struggle with the pressures of

…  See more details below

Overview

Curt seems to have it all—a girlfriend, friends, a good summer job and a guaranteed position on the baseball team with the promise of a professional career. Then, one misstep causes his world to unravel and his life to plummet into the depths of depression and addiction. A bleak yet ultimately hopeful story about one teen's struggle with the pressures of growing up, fitting in and getting by.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"'No problem' is the mantra of all addicts, and this novel shows just how insidious that denial can be...It provides that elusive 'high-interest/low level' book to recommend to students who believe 'reading sucks' because they have a hard time reading and have never finished a book. I think that they'll stick with this one. Highly recommended."
Children's Literature
Part of the "Orca Soundings" series, this is a high interest low vocabulary novel. This fact is not advertised on the cover so readers need feel no embarrassment and may never be aware of the lower reading level. The books in the series feature teens dealing with the problems of contemporary society. This book falls victim to some of the traps of the problem novel. Attempts are made to fully develop Curt's character, but in 84 pages it's hard to do justice to a dependence on pain killers which escalates to an addiction to cocaine and eventual experimentation with crack which results in a crash while also portraying a friendship on the rocks, a new girlfriend, the struggle to live up to parental expectations and the pressure of being the star pitcher for a baseball team. Nevertheless, the drama and rapid pacing will entertain some readers. Although Gaetz deals with the thrill of a drug high, her book does not glamorize drug use. Curt is in a sorry state when his friends and family catch on and intervene. The book ends with this intervention and does not deal with rehabilitation. 2003, Orca,
— Renée Englot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551432311
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,360,757
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
HL390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

She opened it and sprinkled something onto a hand mirror. A pure white powder. She divided it in half, stuck a short straw up one nostril and snorted the powder.

"Cocaine?" I asked.

"Yeah," she said, "it's way better than beer. Try some." She pushed it towards me. "Go on, it won't hurt you."

I should have said no. But I just stared at that innocent-looking white powder and said nothing.


Meet the Author

Dayle Campbell Gaetz has worked as a creative-writing instructor, book editor and columnist but now devotes her time to her own writing. Gaetz is the author of over twenty books for young people and adults. Gaetz grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, and now lives in Campbell River. For more information, visit www.daylegaetz.com.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

No Problem 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was great because of the problems in this story like girlfriend issues and then he takes drugs i can relate to the girlfriend thing thats why it is a good book if you like sports teenagers stuff then i recommended this book to you