“ David and Elliot were about to have the best summer. At least that's what David thought. It was going to start by watching their favorite show called The Daily Show. But Elliot had other thoughts. He wanted to go to the mall to see this girl he thought liked him. David decided that just this day they'd go to the mall. But they both knew that the first day can determine your summer. By the time the last week came around, they had gone to the mall 29 times and only did one of David's daily shows inspired by his favorite comedian, Jon Stewart. As middle school came around, Elliot and David had grown farther and farther apart. On the first day of school Elliot had started hanging out with this jurk named Tommy. They even pranked him to break dress code by saying all the cool kids were doing that. Except nobody did and David felt so lonely. He realizes his only friends are this girl from math that he likes and his pet hamster Hammy. As the year goes on the girl and him become better friends. She even shared all his videos to all homeschoolers around the world because she was a former one herself. Almost immediately his videos were a hit. But a few days later Hammy was on his side. There was nothing worse, all the likes could not help him. Eventually people wanted to interview him from big newspapers except how he could be so liked online but so disliked at school. He had to run home every day from bullies. Eventually he was then put on his favorite show the Daily Show starring his favorite, Jon Stewart. The more famous he got, the more friends he made because people realized that he is not just the nerd in the corner, they got to know him through his funny videos and thought I want that guy to be my friend.
I liked how many people can probably relate to some of the things he goes through. For me not so much just because I have plenty of friends and do not get bullied. I also liked the fact that something that means a lot to you can mean the same to other people. In David's case, he loved his videos and the homeschoolers loved them too. One thing I disliked is the fact that he talks about how sad his life is and never talks about the positives he already has unless they come to him. I think the book was really easy to read and does not apply to middle schoolers because I already know a lot of the things meant to scare you are not really true. The book was very predictable except for the hamster dying, did not see that coming. But I knew from the beginning he would make it out and have a happy ending. The ending was way too predictable. My favorite part was the big party they had when he was put on Jon Stewart's show. This book was text to text because I would compare it to Please Stop Laughing At Me because the two main characters both get phisically bullied like when David gets a swirly.
I probably would not reccomend it to any middle schooler but anybody younger I would. Especially my sister, just to give her a good scare. Just because for a middle schooler, you already know what goes on and know none of the swirlies really happen, at least from my experience. I would rate this book a 4 because it does not relate to me at all, there for I never really got into it and it kind of felt like a book I had to read. But I did find some of it pretty funny. One thing I can't really relate to is having to run home from school and having to stay away from bathrooms so nobody gives me a swirly. I thought it was funny when he showed the picture of Hammy in beach suit with a Pena Colada at hand. I could totally picture it.”
Great work, Charlie!