Notes from the Midnight Driver

Notes from the Midnight Driver

by Jordan Sonnenblick


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"Alex Peter Gregory, you are a moron!” Laurie slammed her palms down on my desk and stomped her foot. I get a lot of that.
One car crash.
One measly little car crash. And suddenly, I’m some kind of convicted felon.
My parents are getting divorced, my dad is shacking up with my third-grade teacher, I might be in love with a girl who could kill me with one finger, and now I’m sentenced to babysit some insane old guy.
What else could possibly go wrong?
This is the story of Alex Gregory, his guitar, his best gal pal Laurie, and the friendship of a lifetime that he never would have expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439757812
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 38,886
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.07(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed DRUMS, GIRLS, & DANGEROUS PIE, NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER, ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT, and the sequel to DRUMS called AFTER EVER AFTER. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children.

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Notes from the Midnight Driver 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 137 reviews.
Book_Worm_1998 More than 1 year ago
I loved the story! It is about a boy named Alex, who's dad is dating his third grade teacher. He is at home alone, gets drunk, and tries to drive to his dad's house. But instead he crashes, and hits the neighbors garden gnome. In court, it is decided that he has to do community service by visiting a man named Solomon Lewis in a nursing home. It has a very good ending, and I enjoyed it. It was really interesting, and there was also a lot of sarcasm in the book. If you don't like sarcasm, this is not the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reviews I read on this book were mostly positive. People saying this book was hilarious and a great read but I didn't find the humor in it and I didn't like this book. I could see how people thought Sol was humorous because he is so straight forward and brash but I personally didn't. Also its never good to keep hoping the book will get better while you're reading it...I was doing that. Don't get me wrong, I love music but I don't wanna read 100 pages of how they are playing their instruments and whatnot. Just wasn't feeling it at all. Maybe because there weren't any cliffhangers or intense parts in the book so it didn't keep me interested. Very repeatitive throughout. There were good lessons to learn from this book, don't drink and drive and to appreciate your family, friends, etc. The ending was sad yet a happy ending. You can see how much Alex is changing throughout the book. I could've done without this book. Hate reading lame books. Boo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i love this book! It is such a good heart warming read! If your looking for something fresh cute and a little romantic but still a bit edgy this is perfect! Great for girls and guys! Totlay recomend this book!
Jimmy217 More than 1 year ago
Getting drunk and crashing into a lawn gnome isn't the best thing that can happen in your life. But however, meeting a who he thought was a grumpy old man, and sharing his pain, and understanding each other is something that is valuable in your life experience. Alex Gregory, a teenage kid with parent issues, has rebelled on his mom's first date with his third grade teacher, except he kind of failed and crashed into a lawn gnome. This, however, caused his mom's date to be ruined and lead into another big fight with his parents. This was bad, but things seemed to sink into the dark when the judge assigned him 100 hours of community service at a nursing home, and that's not it. He has to nurse the grumpiest, sensitive, twisted sense of humored man who mixes up Hebrew as he speaks, Sol. Every single day nursing Sol gave Alex more burden as he couldn't find a dearth of human in this man. That was until Alex brought his special gift from his dad to the place, a Tele Guitar. Sol and Alex see that they share something in common, and they gradually become best friends. The 100 hours flies by as Alex becomes what seems to be more than friends with Laurie, his best friend. Alex decides to make an event for the people in nursing home, his own Jazz concert with the CHA-KINGS (musical geniuses). As the story progresses, he realizes that knowing people isn't one thing, but bonding with others, and sharing love is a big factor that can change lives. This book is a great read for all people, young and old. The parents issue might be a bit too mature for young people, but I think they can handle it. 'Notes from the Midnight Driver' is a fast paced book, so if you'd like to kill some time, grab this book now. You may realize you're doing something far greater than killing time by the end. If you're a writer looking for some techniques you could use, you should look at Jordan Sonnenblick, the author of this book. She's one of the only authors that I know who can blend in clever, witty humor and dramatic somberness in the same book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So this book may seem a little slow in the beggining (besides the "accident"), but in the middle and end it really pulls you in. Please don't stop the book early if it seems boring at first. Notes from the Midnight Driver is now my favorite Jordan Sonnenblick book. He is so amazing at grasping at your feelings and creating sudden changes in emotion. As another review has said... if you don't understand much sarcasm, this may be a struggling read for you. Also, you may need to be more on the mature side to read this because- well I don't want to ruin the book but I would reccomend ages 10/11+ to read this unless you're mature. I hope this review was helpful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I was pleasantly surprised it could be enjoyed from all ages. With hilarious dialogue and quirks, I say bravo to a wonderful and heartfelt book. You will surely fall in love with Alex and Sol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great it was awsome! I totally loved this book! This book was sad at the end but it does have some happy parts. I totally recomend this book! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What did he do wrong to get in trouble?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
such an amazing read. one of my favorites!
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This book is awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Notes From a Midnight Driver is about a boy named Alex Gregory who screw up big time. His parents are divorced and he blames it on his dad. One night, when his mom is on a date, he gets drunk and takes his moms car and is driving to his dad's house. There are two problems with his plan though. The first problem is that he is completely wasted and can hardly walk in a straight line. The second problem is that he has no driver's license. On his ride to his dad's house he sways off the road and crashes into a person's yard. When the police arrive all they see is a drunk 16 year old with no license. They pull Alex out of the car and hand cuff him while putting him in the cruiser. While in court Alex pleads guilty to the charge of drunk driving and is sentenced to 100 hours of community service at an old people's home. He is assigned to a man named Solomon Lewis (Sol). At first Solomon is hard on Alex and likes to pick on him but as the story goes on they find out they have one very common interest. Jazz. What Alex doesn't know is that Solomon was a very good jazz player when he was younger, but when he finds out Sol offers him lessons which he takes. As the story goes on it takes a few little twists and turns. One of which is Sol having a daughter. The book Notes From a Midnight Driver was not my favorite book in the world. Out of five stars I would give it a three. I would give it a three because going by the title I would have guessed that there would have been more notes. There are a few notes here and there but not like you would expect. Also going by descriptions that I have read online it seems a lot funnier than it really is. It turns out that the story is deep and in some parts depressing. Although there are a lot of things that I didn't like there are also things I did. I liked the character change in the story. Sol and Alex change a lot. So in the end I probably gave it a three because it was a letdown. I expected more out of the book. I do not recommend this book to someone looking for a funny read that will make them laugh on every page. I would recommend this book to someone who likes books that take on strange twists.
sports-star on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. Alex's parents are divorced. He got mad at his dad for breaking his moms heart. He decided to go trash his dads house. But first he got drunk.He wrecked his moms car and had to do community service with a guy in a nursing home named Solomon Lewis. He has a desease and Alex kind of feels sorry for him. All these things happen in Alex's life and he becomes close to him. But bad things happen.I LOVE This Book!!!!!!!!:)
KenzieL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a regular boy who gets drunk one night and decides to go run into his dads house because his dad cheated on his mom and left them. He gets into the car and wrecks intoi some old ladys yard. He opens his eyes to see 1. A cop staring at him. 2. A yard gnome that he ran over. He has to do community service by helping an old man, Slomon Lewis. He writes notes to the judge and the judge writes nots back. FUNNY, GREAT, and SUPRISING!
kikotomo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jordan Sonnenblick has a way of telling stories that make readers cry and laugh in the same sentence. Notes from the Midnight Driver talks about drunk driving, illness, loss, music, and friendship in a way that makes you smile - wanting more. Just as wonderful as Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. I love this author!
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex's decision to drink and drive in an ill-conceived attempt to get his parents back together leads to unintended consequences. After being sentenced to community service to spend 100 hours with nursing home resident, Solomon Lewis, Alex finds himself on a path that will change his life. I really liked the characters and found the story touching. I sure wish I could've attended Sol's final concert.
DFLA_CierraG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it teaches you a lesson. The sayin" Don't judge a book by the cover" goes along with this book because this boy gets into trouble and has to do community service at a retirment home. He gets assigned ot this grumpy old man and thinks he's the worst. But in the end he shouldn't judge him and that everyone needs love and some one to care for them, and thats why i like it.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has the perfect mixture of comedy and serious issues. You can learn a lot from the book while still enjoying every minute of it. Each of the characters was really well-developed and I could literally hear Sol's voice in my head everytime he gave Alex a lecture. Really touching and fun read. My only complaint was they said alex was a Junior in high school but he seemed much younger than that to me.
Caitlyn24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book is awsome!!!!!!!!Its funny and it teaches you a lesson about real life.Its about this 16 year old boy who gets drunk and steels his mothers car and wrecks it and has to take care of this crazy loony-toon of an old man.But ends up having a special bond with the old man and relizes somthing that he diddn't notice befor.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was kind of predictable -- I thought, "Yeah, the old man he's assigned to will be really crotchety but loveable underneath and then Alex will become a more sensitive person and probably also end up going out with his friend Laurie." But it was enjoyable nevertheless and often very funny.
ChTi1114 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a funny story about life lessons. 16 year old Alex gets drunk and steals his moms car, and got the punishment of taking care of a grouchy old man named Sol.
DF1A_SarinaZ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Alex drives drunk in a crazed daze to visit and annoy his dad while his mother is on her first date, he runs over a garden lawn and is sentenced to do 100 hours of time with an old man. Then he starts seeing his best friend in a different way, has to get ready for a concert with his guitar, and put up with his parents, even though they live in different houses. How much can one person take at a time?I loved the format of this book, how the characters reacted to each other, and the ironic comicalness to it. I also liked how the author incorporated music into the book.
samanthawarren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book has great characters. It was predictable, but I still cried at the end.
cocacola11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Notes from the Midnight driver is a good book about a boy named Alex who gets drunk and steals his mom's car.He has to go to court and he is faced with charges.The judge sentences him to 100 hours of community service.He has to serve it at a retirement home.The person he has to serve it to is a very grumpy man with emphysema,but over time they start to find that they have some things in common.Notes from the Midnight Driver is one of the best books I have ever read.
carlsonn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Josh's parents are divorcing and he gets drunk one night and drive a car without a license into a neighbor's front lawn ruining the garden gnome. As punishment the judge assigns him community service, which he does at the facility where his mom works. His mom assigns him a cranky old man who Josh learns a great deal from and who in turn shares his exp erience with the judge in the form of letters.