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12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn

James Proimos

Roaring Brook Press

James “Hercules” Martino has until the end of the summer (a.k.a. two weeks) to accomplish the
twelve tasks given to him by his Uncle Anthony. The tasks will take him to the far reaches of Baltimore, lead him to a Beautiful and Unattainable Woman, and change the way he sees his past, present, and future.
Spare in words, but abundant in big ideas and laugh out loud humor, James Proimos has crafted a novel for any teenager who’s ever had a complicated relationship with a parent. In other words, everyone.

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The casket is closed. It was a plane crash, after all.
The pews overfloweth. As do the sentiments of the never-ending line of avid admirers, casual acquaintances, business associates, relatives, and what have you that take their turn at the podium on the church stage.
One person leaves, another takes his or her place. It’s been going on for hours.
A chubby lady wobbles to the microphone:
“He was as fabulous as a man could be. He was rich, but he was charitable. He was strong, he was sensitive. I was lucky to know him. We were all lucky to know h
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Praise for 12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn

“Hercules charms readers with humor and honesty…”--School Library Journal
 
“This fun, slim book has a very interesting premise: a boy who happens to be nicknamed Hercules and who has recently lost his father is assigned twelve tasks (labors) to complete when he goes to stay with his uncle over the summer.” --VOYA
 
“Proimos fully inhabits the mind and voice of his hero, whose almost mythic journey offers moments hilarious, heartbreaking, and triumphant.” --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
 
"Told in short, near-poetic vignettes, the chapters of Proimos’ first teen novel are packed with plenty of small details and genuine moments of ridiculous humor." --Kirkus Reviews
“Hercules charms readers with humor and honesty…”--School Library Journal
 
“This fun, slim book has a very interesting premise: a boy who happens to be nicknamed Hercules and who has recently lost his father is assigned twelve tasks (labors) to complete when he goes to stay with his uncle over the summer.” --VOYA
 
“Proimos fully inhabits the mind and voice of his hero, whose almost mythic journey offers moments hilarious, heartbreaking, and triumphant.” --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
 
"Told in short, near-poetic vignettes, the chapters of Proimos’ first teen novel are packed with plenty of small details and genuine moments of ridiculous humor." --Kirkus Reviews

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12 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU CRASH AND BURN by James ProimosKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of 12 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU CRASH AND BURN . Homeless dudes, hot pizza girls, tanning salons and horse-stable make-out sessions punctuate a summer in Baltimore.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • James Proimos

  • James Proimos is married to a Beautiful and Attainable Woman and they live on a small
    horse farm outside of Baltimore. He has written several books for children, but this is his first
    novel for young adults.
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12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn

James Proimos

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