A unique story about first—and last—loves from the celebrated and bestselling author of We All Looked Up.
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.
In response to a college application question ("What was the single most important experience of your life?"), Parker Sant , a mute, Hispanic 17-year-old, writes an incredible story. When he steals a wad of cash from a silver-haired, sharp-witted girl named Zelda, who is planning to throw herself off the Golden Gate Bridge, Parker isn't sure what to make of her. After agreeing not to jump until her money is spent and Parker promises to apply to college, the two embark on a breakneck tour of parties, shopping, and confrontations with Parker's mother, an alcoholic consumed by memories of her deceased husband. Parker may not believe that Zelda is, as she claims, 246 years old, but there's no doubt that she helps him rediscover a longing to participate in the world. Wallach (We All Looked Up) delivers well-rounded, witty characters ("Thinking of your parents being young is like thinking of Winnie-the-Pooh going to the bathroom: just fucking weird") all contemplating whether living a full life is better than living a long one. Bittersweet moments intersect with the intricate fairy tales Parker writes, compelling readers to judge what is real and what is make-believe. Ages 14 up.
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This is one of my favorite books. I mean, the book is just plain amazing. As well as Parker being extremely amazing and witty. Definitely a great book.
I really enjoyed this book, in fact I read the entire thing in one sitting. Parker, the main character, and Zelda’s perspective on life made the book worthwhile. The ending was kind of a let-down, but I suppose it was just realistic. I loved it though, and would definitely recommend it.
Absolutely loved this book
I can't stress enough how much I loved this book. The character building made me feel attached to them. The struggle of him not being able to talk is very important and constant throughout the book. The ending hurt me but happily ever after isn't always the answer. I'd read this book a thousand time if I could.