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Notes from the Midnight Driver

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From hot new talent Jordan Sonnenblick, a "Tuesdays with Morrie" for teens. Coincides with the publication of his new hardcover novel.

16-year-old Alex decides to get even. His parents are separated, his father is dating his former third-grade teacher, and being 16 isn't easy, especially when it comes to girls. Instead of revenge though, Alex ends up in trouble with the law...more
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published (first published October 1st 2006)
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"okay, can you show me on the dolly where the book touched you?"

this wasn't supposed to happen.

i mean, ugh - teen humor week?? i was expecting beavis and butthead, or the kind of stuff my high school boyfriend found funny, which is best left in the archives. i was only going to read one book from the list; the bare minimum, to give the old overachiever knob a rest, but i ended up reading three, and two of them were actually really good! but with each of them, i am pulling a caris (don't tell his...more
Notes From the Midnight Driver is such a laugh-out-loud-until-your-sides-hurt type of funny. This book is about a sixteen-year-old boy named Alex who gets sentenced to volunteer at an old peoples’ home because he was drunk while driving. Once he starts volunteering at the home, he really hates it. The man he must visit with, Mr. Solomon Lewis, is an irritable, stubborn Yiddish man who constantly insults Alex in the foreign language. Alex and Sol (Mr. Lewis) start to build a bridge through Jazz m...more
Jun 11, 2012 Corey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Corey by: Abby Johnson
The cover of this book is deceptive. I expected it to be silly (it is at times) but I was frankly surprised at the levels of joy and sadness it stirs together. Called a "Tuesdays with Morrie" for teens in the description, I feel like that doesn't do it justice. I am 13 years past my teens and this hit me like a ton of bricks.

I was told in advance by my girlfriend that this book made her laugh and cry, I thought,"yeah I'm sure I'll chuckle, I may get a bit choked up." Long story short, she was r...more
For Alex, the fun ended when his brilliant plan went awry and landed him on a neighbor's lawn, crushed lawn gnome under tire, puking his guts out on an officer's shoes. Though if you asked him, it's nothing to get in a tizzy over. Just a lawn gnome. So what if he intended to drive across down and didn't make it to the end of the road? No way does he need to pay for it by spending his time with someone as old, unpleasant, and abusive as Sol Lewis. No way. Too bad Judge Trent and his mother don't...more
this book was about a kid who gets drunk and decides to take out his mothers car. he drives it drunk and then he crashes whole he is throwing up a guy comes up and he is a officer Alex turns and trows up on his black shoes of corse Alex did not know what he was doing because he was wasted. he was taken to the hospital there he was sleeping and his mom was bugging out on him she was going crazy while his dad was chill and not bugging out on him. alex tried to fake a concusion and he shook his par...more
Reading Sarah
We all do stupid things. Alex did one of the stupidest. He got angry, got drunk, and decided that this was the perfect time to steal the car and yell at his dad for making him angry.

Luckily for Alex, he didn't get far and the only casualty was the neighbor's expensive* garden gnome.

Alex gets punished, super punished, by being forced to do community service at a retirement home. He's now company for one particular old man for three hours every Wednesday night until he works off 100 hours. And th...more
Alex thinks it's a good idea to get drunk, steal his mother's car and storm his dad's house. He doesn't get far with the car, though. He lands on his neighbor's lawn, kills a lawn gnome and gets arrested. For his midnight driving he is ordered to do community service at a nursing home where he has to take care of and entertain Solomon "Sol" Lewis, who is a piece of work, Alex is told. Both aren't too excited about spending time together but after a while they grow on each other and even become f...more
Julie Cotton
Time: Walk-man days (90's)
Place: NY
265 pages

Awesome book! I laughed out loud. I cried. I cared. Love the characters. Perfect story for a necessary life lesson: If you screw up, own up and make good. It's heartwarming. Makes you want a hug.

Tons of Favorite Lines:
p. 22 "I'm going to be on you like a bad rash for the next thirty days."
p. 31 "Alex, this is dumb. A billion thousand things could go wrong."
p. 129 "Really, it's so sweet I could hurl."
p. 135 "Alex, Alex. You'll learn one day that real ap...more
If I had known that Steven, Annette, and the jazz band from Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie made an appearance in this book, I would have read it years ago. Alex, the teenage main character in Midnight Driver, is a lot like Steven from Dangerous Pie albeit a bit more rebellious early in the book. The opening chapter, in which he gets drunk, takes his mother's car, and runs over a neighbor's lawn gnome is wickedly funny. Once again, Sonnenblick perfectly blends humor and serious topics, includin...more
Michael McCain
I promise this book is worth the first 15 pages, which are written in the style of an obnoxious teenager overly impressed with his own cleverness. Maybe that's to interest obnoxious teenagers overly impressed with their own cleverness, but for me, reading it became a joy 20 pages in and I didn't put it down until I finished it. The story is sweet, Sol has the best dialogue I've seen in a while, and I came out of it wanting to be a better person. Highly recommended for adult and young adult reade...more
Cade Jackson
The Notes from the Midnight Driver is a delightful contemporary fiction about a 16 year old boy named Alex who plans to get revenge on his Dad for getting together with his third grade teacher. The book takes an expected turn when Alex crashes his Mom's car into his neighbors yard and gets in trouble with the law. He his assigned community service in the senior center and paired up with Solomon Lewis who is a sarcastic, difficult, grouchy senior who has emphysema. Together they don't make such a...more
I stumbled onto this book at my school's book fair. I never would've picked it up because I hate garden gnomes, but I wanted to spend a few more dollars for my school. I'm glad I did. If you are an aspiring writer who is also a teacher, this book is for you. Sonnenblick talks about the inspiration for his story at the end and the story itself will make you cry. A definite must-read for my friends!
I think the authors main Idea is to warn kids about drunk driving because you can end up in jail or community service like the main character was. The setting is around New York in the present day. The protagonist is Alex Gregory he is in high school and dose not think before he dose it or he dose not think things through. Alexis friend Laurie thinks things through before she dose them. Alex thinks he did nothing wrong when he got drunk stool his moms car and tried to drive to his dad's house bu...more
Danielle Turner
I absolutely ADORED this book. Granted, it seems a little childish at times but it has heart- touching lessons and I seriously enjoyed reading it. The characters are entertaining and the plot flows very nicely. I hate the cover but seriously, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a simple, witty, and entertaining read.
I was fortunate enough to hear this author speak at a library conference. His wry sense of humor is evident in this story about a good kid who makes a poor decision and has to "suffer" the consequences. And yes, the garden gnome figures in.
This man can write! I love that Sonnenblick's novels are sweet and real and funny at the same time. In this book, Alex deals with his parents' divorce by acting out, which ends up in an arrest and an assignment to visit a grumpy old man at a nursing home. Through his visits with Sol, Alex learns a lot about himself, how to navigate his relationships with others, and how to improve his jazz guitar skills. The dialogue might be just a little more clever than how actual 16 year olds speak, but he c...more
Jennifer Keeling
Young adult read with humor, wit, wonderful plot line that keeps young and old entertained. Wonderful story to read to yourself or with your middle school aged children.
The moral of this story is never to be forgotten and this book will always be one of my favorite books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a really good book, but I liked Sonnenblick's other two books better.
Joyce Yattoni
Cute story about adolescents having a great friendship then all of a sudden adolescence truly catapults these young ones into the awkward stage. I enjoyed how Alex after spending months in the nursing home befriending an elderly gentlemen he finally gets that it isn't always about him. The story makes me appreciate even more kids who have musical talent. The only reason I don't give a 5 star rating is because statistically speaking it isn't very common for divorced parents to get back together a...more
We all know that one person who wants to be bad, but doesn’t wanna get caught or we all know that person who just loves too get revenge. Well if you would like to read a crazy, funny, but sad story this defiantly would be a get choice! This book has a really good theme and story behind it. Well here is the summary. There is a boy named Alex Gregory who's parents recently split up and his father decided to go out with Alex’s third grade teacher! Alex doesn’t like that fact that they are becoming...more
Ben Pieper
EDSE 4215: Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick

“Now I have very little skill in the man-woman-type area anyway, so I probably would have just stayed home in slightly depressed peace on V-day in a normal year, because the chances of my asking out a human female with any degree of success were right up there with the odds of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. No, worse – the Cubs winning the Super Bowl.”

Summary: Alex Peter Gregory is a sixteen-year-old like any other; until...more
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Mr. Z
Mar 30, 2010 Mr. Z rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle schoolers and up
Jordan Sonnenblick is a rising star in young adult literature. This guy combines John Green wit that young readers will love with Richard Peck wholesomeness that teachers and parents will appreciate.

In Notes from the Midnight Driver, he incorporates the same witty prose, compelling characters and relatable plots that made his two other hit books – Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie and After Ever After – such entertaining and moving stories to read.

When 16 year-old Alex refuses to take responsibili...more
SONNENBLICK, Jordan. Notes from the Midnight Driver. 265p. Scholastic. Oct. 2006. Tr $16.99. ISBN 0-439-75779-7. LC number unavailable.

Gr 8 Up--After drinking some vodka and taking his mom's car for a spin to his father's girlfriend's house, who just happens to be his former third-grade teacher, 16-year-old Alex Gregory finds himself on his neighbors' lawn with police yelling at him and a broken gnome under his car. It is hard to believe that Alex would do anything like this; most of the time h...more
Here is a book filled with humor all throughout. Not the usual slapstick comedy routine, but the kind that is dripping with sarcasm. The humor comes from the narrator, 16-year old Alex, who will wait for two more years before he can get his driver's license. Why is that? One fateful Friday night, he just took his mom's car while she was on a date determined to pay his estranged father a not-so-friendly visit. That didn't sound so bad, but the fact that he drank Vodka from what was left of his fa...more
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this book is about alex getting into a car driving drunk and crashing messy little car crash and sudenly alex became some knd of convicted felon. his parents where getting divorsed his father is hooking up with his 3rd grade teacher.and he thinks he is inlove with a girl who can kill him with one finger. he doesnt know what can go wrong now until he got the car bill aperantly he is old enough to pay for the fixing of the cadilac 1989 antic. he pays for it but now he lost respect from sall...more
Honestly, this one is probably a 4.5 for me because it was a quick, fun, and sweet read. It is the perfect summertime YA novel.

The story is centered around the familiar story of an inter-generational friendship formed under less than ideal circumstances. The gnome on the cover is something of an elusive figure, representative of a situation that occurs early in the book and spawns the need for the circumstance wherein the friendship is formed. I found the title quite clever, because there are n...more
The book is about a teenager named Alex who is furious at his father for cheating on his mother with his 3rd grade teacher. He gets drunk and then decides to drive to his father's house. He crashes into a neighbors garden nome and onto her yard and is then arrested for drunk driving. He gets sentenced to 100 hours of community service. He gets assigned to a grumpy, mean, and virtuos old guy at a nursing home named Sol. Sol is very mean to everyone but he begins to build a bond through Alex espec...more
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