Monday, September 7, 2015

We Are Pirates A Novel by Daniel Handler

We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler

This well written book follows two characters - Phil Needle, a middle aged radio director and Gwen, his fourteen year old daughter.  Gwen is unhappy and shoplifts, gets caught and is punished by having to care for an old man at a nursing home.  She meets Amber, another unhappy girl her age, and they become friends and plot an escape from ordinary life which includes stealing a ship, taking the old man from the nursing home to pilot the ship and being pirates.  Phil is trying to revive his career.  The book has an underlying unpleasantness to it's theme, which, considering that the author also wrote the Series of Unfortunate Events books, makes sense.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

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