Sunday, October 4, 2015
Why We Took The Car by Wolfgang Herndorf
So I think this is a coming of age story. I wonder why coming of age stories are only about boys and not about girls. Do girls not get to come of age? Translated from German, this is a story about 14 year old Mike, who is a social nobody with an alcoholic mother and a philandering father. When he is left on his own once his 8th grade year ends as his mother goes to spend a month in rehab again and his dad goes on a business trip with his lovely young assistant, Mike is joined by Tschick, a Russian classmate who has a questionable past and they decide to steal a car and go on a road trip. And so, the story goes until they wind up in a major car wreck with a truck full of swine. The story is interesting and different. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.