Project Sweet Life: Make the Money. Fake the Job.
Brent Hartinger
HarperTeen (2009)
ISBN 9780060824112
Reviewed by Avni Gupta (age 15) for Reader Views (2/09)

 

Once I started reading “Project Sweet Life,” I realized that this book was going to be unlike any other that I have ever read. This is mainly because it is from the viewpoint of three very different boys. There are almost no girls in it. This provided for an extremely different read for me. Even though it was different, I still really loved the book!

It starts with three best friends, Dave, Victor, and Curtis, deciding that they do not want to get jobs which their fathers want them to do. They sit in their clubhouse and think up a plan. All of a sudden, they figure out how they’re going to get all of this money without working a minute during the summer. They are going to get all of their money in one harebrained scheme that they implement at the beginning of the summer. After that, it will be smooth sailing for the rest of the summer. Things don’t go like they planned though as one thing after another keeps going wrong for them.

Overall, I really liked this book. It goes with my ‘do as little as possible to get what I want’ attitude. In the end it showed a really important lesson as well (one that I have had to learn many a times because of my attitude): trying to go the easy way out usually makes it so that you have more work to do in the long run.

This book was a good read for both girls and boys. I lent it to my cousin (who is a boy) and he said that he loved it! He said that there were not that many books that a boy could read, but this is definitely one that he was going to recommend to all of his friends. All in all, “Project Sweet Life” by Brent Hartinger is a great read for anyone and everyone!

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