Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pirates of the Retail Wasteland by Adam Selzer

The whole downtown of Cornersville Trace is becoming a retail wasteland, full of heartless stores and indistinguishable fast food chains. The last decent place left in Old Downtown is "Sip," a flavorful coffee shop/teen hangout. As part of the school's "gifted pool," Leon and his friends take on a self-initiated mission: to take down the new (and all too office-like) coffee shop, "Wackfords," which endangers their favorite retreat, "Sip." Along the way, the dynamic quartet faces various misadventures. AMong these are an unsolicited crush, a quest to depress the gym teacher, and groping through the gray between friendship (with benefits) and full girlfriend/boyfriend status. 

Selzer's writing style is fast-paced and unpredictable, making the story a truly enjoyable read. Quirky characters and hilarious situations keep the reader hooked. The story is from Leon's perspective, and is definitely appropriate for guys or girls. Overall, I give Pirates of the Retail Wasteland three thumbs-up and recommend it to any high schooler who has ever felt a bit idiosyncratic.

Do note that the narrative is brimming with upper-level vocabulary, and is thus more suited for advanced readers.

Some explicit language, mature situations

Rating:10

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Tipp City, OH USA

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