Project Sweet LifeTitle: Project Sweet Life
Author: Brent Hartinger
ISBN: 9780060824112
Pages: 282 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins, c2009.

“How are we going to make seven thousand dollars?” Victor said. “You still haven’t told us that. And I hope it goes without saying that whatever it is, it’s got to be legal.”
“It does go without saying,” Curtis said. “Trust me, I have the perfect, and perfectly legal, idea for making the money we need.”
“So?” Victor said. “What is it?” (18-19)

Dave, Curtis, and Victor are fifteen year old best friends who are looking forward to spending one last summer doing absolutely nothing. That changes however, when their dads start talking and decide that this summer is the perfect time to get a summer job. Needless to say, the boys don’t agree, and figure out that as long as they can produce the money at summer’s end, their dads’ won’t matter that they didn’t actually get jobs. What’s one little lie? The lies escalate however, and after one quick rich scheme after another fails, the boys realize that this might be harder than it first seemed.

I can see teens falling in love with this story. It’s got friendship, loyalty, and a health dose of improbability. The sheer quantity of ways that these guys attempt to amass the money is both admirable and impossible, but readers won’t care. Slackers everywhere will rally behind this book. It’s a story of ingenuity, and staying a kid as long as possible, even when everyone is telling you to grow up and become responsible.

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