This is the story of the three days Parker spent with a girl named Zelda. He meets her in a hotel, where she informs him that she is waiting for a phone call and is then going to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Parker, unable to talk, still spends the next three days trying to convince her there is something to live for.
It’s a fun and flirty story about first love. We get to read how Parker is reacting to and dealing with a girl. A girl he steals from, feels bad, and then kinda likes. They meet at the hotel after he steals her money and then tries to go back for his journal. She decides that he is going to be her charity case for the last day of her life, and spends the money he was going to steal on him. They have an interesting relationship. Zelda talks a lot, but Parker doesn’t talk at all, and they still manage to get to know each other some and spend a lot of time together.
The biggest problem I had with this were the stories Parker “wrote.” They are all stories that I have read before. He used different names and places, but the basis of the story was the same. They aren’t hugely popular fairytales, but they are definitely lesser known fairytales that I’ve seen before. They didn’t add anything, instead they take away from the enjoyment of the rest of the book. It would have been a lot better without them.
Alana is the weirdest thing. She is a super fun character, but also extremely out there. Some of the things she says, it’s like, who actually says those things. The best example I have is, ‘Alright, kids. Duty call. Let’s make like a couple practicing the rhythm method and pull on out of here.’ She actually says that. Out loud, to Parker and Zelda.
Overall it was enjoyable. It wasn’t great or mind-blowing. It was just ok. After reading this and ‘We All Looked Up,’ I don’t think I will be in a hurry to pick up the next book Tommy Wallach publishes. He’s an ok writer, but it’s nothing I’ve loved or couldn’t put down.