Jake Schwartz is not looking forward to middle school. Puberty feels light years away, he's not keen on the cool clothes or lingo, and he has the added pressure of preparing for his bar mitzvah. The only saving grace is that Danny Uribe, his lifelong best friend, will be by his side....
Or will he? Since Danny's summer growth spurt, there's been a growing distance between him and Jake. Danny is excited to explore all that junior high has to offer--especially the girls (and most notably Hannah, Jake's older sister). But gang life has its allure, and he soon finds himself in over his head.
Meanwhile, Hannah is dealing with her own problems; being Queen Bee is not easy. The other girls are out for blood, and boys are so...exhausting. Danny surprises her with his maturity, but can her reputation survive if she's linked to a sevvy? And what would Jake think about his sister hooking up with his best friend?
Dororthy Wu could not care less about junior high drama. She is content staying in her bedroom and writing epic stories of her adventures as a warrior mermaid maiden. But that changes when she discovers the school's writing club. There, she meets a young lad with heroic potential and decides that life outside of her fantasy world just might have some appeal.
In the course of one year at San Paulo Junior High, these four lives will intersect in unique and hilarious ways. Friendships will grow and change. Reputations will transform. And someone will become a man.
About the Author
Teddy Steinkellner (www.teddysteinkellner.com) graduated from Stanford University in 2011, where he won a creative arts grant. Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga is his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Follow him on Twitter at @teddysteinkelln.
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Take four Middle School kids, each unique, yet tied to each other as their lives are chronicled throughout the school year, thanks to one brilliant teacher! The assignment? Write something every day about your life so “future you” may look back on it. What the reader ends up with is an endearing tale of the lives of Jake Schwartz, his older sister Hannah, his best friend, Danny Uribe and Dorothy Wu, who admits to a crush on Jake. Who would think seventh and eighth grades could be so pivotal in the lives of these four? You’ll laugh, cry, worry, and let out a sigh of relief as each story unfolds, told in their unique styles. What was important to you in Middle School? Did you face being an outcast? Did you suddenly go from being an obscure blip on the radar of life to a hot commodity? Was your reputation on the line? Did you try almost anything to feel accepted, noticed or relevant to life? Did you risk longtime friendships in the name of popularity or carving out a name for yourself? Was there a life altering moment, good or bad that has stayed with you? If you’ve said yes to any of the above, you WILL identify with and learn to love these kids as they navigate the shark infested waters of that dangerous time between being a “child” and being almost an adult, or at least almost a YOUNG adult. Trash Can Days by Teddy Steinkellner is brilliant in its concept, execution and delivery! Teddy Steinkellner has a talent for writing that brings his characters to life and endears them to your heart. I was stunned to find that this is Mr. Steinkellner’s DEBUT novel, and then double-stunned to find that he is a Young Adult! If this first time out is any indication of what we can expect from him in the future, all readers, regardless of age have a LOT to look forward to! An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion in exchange for my honest review.
A Brilliant Debut! For this mom, educator and former 7th-grader who remembers the hilarity, heartache and shock of that particular year all-to-well, TRASH CAN DAYS hits the bullseye. Boys, girls, tweens living it, teens who just lived through it and adults brave enough to go back there - will relish this remarkable first novel about four diverse young narrators feeling their way through friendship, relationships and dawning social awareness. Told in keenly authentic 1st-person accounts, texts, chats, fan-fiction and other creative writings, this year-in-the-life will make you laugh hard, cry hard and feel how hard it is to be 13 and have no idea what the next page of your life will bring. Publishers Weekly calls it "funny, crass, painful and optimistic". It's all that and more.
Some bad content that middle schoolers shouldnt be doing, but it is otherwise okay.