Thanks for the Trouble - Tommy Wallach | Book Review

11:41 AM
Pages: 278 pages, Hardback
Publication: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada

How I got the copy: Received a copy from the publisher
Rating: 3/5 stars


“I’ve got some questions for you. Was this story written about me?”

I shrugged.

“Yes or no?”

I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty. It brought a bloom to her pale cheeks and made sharp shelves of her cheekbones.

“It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said.

I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote I can’t on my palm.

Then, in tiny letters below it, I finished the thought: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?

Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.


Parker Santé stopped speaking 5 years ago after his father’s death. But not by choice, he just can’t speak after the death of his father. I forget the specific word the novel uses but what comes to mind is selective mutism, it's a type of anxiety disorder. Parker not only doesn’t speak but he’s also withdrawn from everybody, his mother, his classmates, and his teachers. He doesn’t have real friends and prefers to spend time in hotel lobbies (which is different) to write in his journal and steal from the rich staying at the hotel. I really liked this fact about Parker. Even though he can’t speak and has social anxiety issues I love the fact that he secretly steals. I feel these types of characters (ones with some type of social issues) are usually cookie cutter and having Parker steal and skip school gave him depth and character. 

Parker meets Zelda at the hotel he enjoys spending time in the lobby the most and the story goes from there. The entire novel takes place in a span of three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I tend to have issues with novels that take place in such short periods of time only because I always feel too much happens during each day to be completely realistic and I felt it here too. Zelda helps Parker (without him knowing) while he’s trying to help her and trying to convince her to stay after their fun. I know I’m being very vague in the last sentence but I don’t want to expose any more of the story. I think it’s fun going into novels without knowing everything.

I enjoyed this novel as a whole but I didn’t love the fantasy element, magical realism, to it when it was revealed. I’m not very interested in fantasy so it’s more of a personal preference but I can appreciate it. I would have loved if the novel included more of what happened to Parker after Zelda. The topic is briefly brushed on at the end but not enough for me to be satisfied with. I wanted to know more about after Zelda and Parker's progress!

Tommy Wallach is the bestselling Author of We All Looked Up that was released in 2015.



Thanks for the Trouble

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