Review: Thanks for the Trouble

Last week I finished reading ‘Thanks for the Trouble’ by Tommy Wallach. The story is about a teenage boy named Parker Santè. Parker likes to skip school and hang out in hotels. He spends his time there observing the guests at the hotels, sitting alone with his notebook. However, Parker isn’t so much as observing their wealthy lifestyles in envy as he is  scoping out their pockets and purses to steal. As Parker sits in the hotel lobby, he notices a girl nearby, sitting alone. And she has silver hair and a huge wad of cash by her side. Parker immediately begins writing a story about her and her beautiful silver hair. It’s also good to mention that Parker hasn’t spoken in five years, since his father died. Since then he hasn’t wanted to speak. Especially not since he stopped going to speech therapy, which in turn aided in Parker losing his ability to speak. Instead ,Parker fills his notebooks with responses to people’s questions and answers. 

When the silver haired girls leaves her table, Parker immediately notices she forgets her wad of cash. Hit with a dilemma to either take the cash and run, or wait for the beautiful silver haired girl to return for her money, and a chance to maybe get to know her, Parker decides on the first. What ensues over the next few days of Parker’s life is more than he could have imagined. The silver haired girl turns out to be a young woman named Zelda. Zelda has lived a pretty broad life. With enough experiences to fill a stack of Parker’s notebooks. 

When Zelda returns to the table she confronts Parker about taking her money. From there they converse about why each other is at the hotel alone in the middle of a random afternoon in October. When Zelda reveals to Parker her plans for her wad of cash and what she plans on doing with herself after the money is gone, Parker is perplexed by what he hears. To halt Zelda’s decisions, Parker agrees to let Zelda feel like a teenager again in exchange for Parker to apply to college. Their next few days together are short but open up new possibilities and means to an end for both of them. 

I don’t want to spoil anything about this book because it was just so lovely. It read and flowed like a Wes Anderson film, whose films are my FAVORITE, by the way. The way the characters were developed was very Wes-like. At the end is a hidden lesson and wise takeaway. Please read this gem. If books could be like indie films, this one would be like one very much. 

My review: 4/5 stars. 


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