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Fueled by friendship and sympathy, Antsy Bonano signs a month of his life over to his ?dying? classmate Gunnar Umlaut. Soon everyone at school follows suit, giving new meaning to the idea of ?living on borrowed time.? But does Gunnar really have six months to live, or is news of his imminent death greatly exaggerated? When a family member suffers a heart attack after donat...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published September 18th 2008 by Dutton Juvenile
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Louize
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Antsy, The Family Guy

Looking at the story from a vantage point, it is a series of tragedy with slices of sweet meat in between. Like I said in my previous post , this book is all heart. Once more, Shusterman managed to punch in real life situations, and readers may find some that hits closer to home.

The story started with a tragic accident, when it was supposed to be a day of parade and fun. Among the onlookers were Antsy Bonano and his friends. They were teenagers out t...more
Alicia
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Clare Cannon
Jun 02, 2013 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Boys 12yrs+
Shelves: 13-15yrs
Antsy Bonano's intelligently humorous and yet thoughtful banter speaks what may be in the minds and hearts of many teens. His story is relatable and at the same time offers worthwhile topics for reflection. Part of the intelligence in the humour is that the jokes never seem to die, they bounce back at you from unexpected quarters, pages after the original event. This makes for very entertaining reading.

Antsy isn’t perfect, but in the course of this book we see him learn from mistakes and gain a

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Kate
I had the pleasure of meeting Neal Shusterman in real life. He’s obviously very passionate about what he does and really bonds with some of his characters. Antsy is one of those lucky characters.

Antsy first popped up as a side character in Shusterman’s book The Schwa Was Here, but because Shusterman loved Antsy so much he decided to write him his own book. I can’t blame him because Antsy is quite a character. Anthony “Antsy” Bonano is kind of loud, kind of funny, and always scheming. He has a go...more
Anyana
I chose the book Antsy Does Time because the title and the cover looked interesting. The plot of the story is basically about how a boy named Anthony tried to earn time for his friend Gunnar. Everyone belived that Gunnar had been diagnosed with cancer and they felt bad for him so they donated months of their life just to keep him happy. Is he really sick, or is it all a game? My favorite quote was "A family is a collection of strangers trapped in a web of DNA and forced to cope." I like this quo...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Oh I love Antsy and the situations he gets into and the friends he makes. I love how Shusterman gets everything but the kitchen sink in these books, but makes them seem natural and real. Slapstick, pathos, wit, poignancy, romance, adventure.... The only problem was that I inhaled the book, and the third isn't out yet. Despite my ginormous to-read lists, I might have to reread these.

"I don't possess the self-preservation instinct. I've got the this-frying-pan-isn't-hot-enough-let's-try-the-fire i...more
Wisteriouswoman
The Antsy books are a real hoot! Something about them reminds me of the Amelia Badelia books that I used to read aloud to the children. Antsy Does Time would be a terrific book for a book on tape during a long cross country car trip.

Antsy Does Time has such a wonderful combination of serious topics, humor, and life lessons--he explains the meaning of words and phrases to the reader. In addition, he examines philosophical viewpoints and ethical dilemmas. Usually after the fact--should have though...more
Janni
Dec 27, 2008 Janni added it
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Lonna Pierce
It's hard to believe Neal Shusterman is the same author of the grisly Unwind & Everlost fantasy series and the comic high jinks of an Antsy Bonano novel. The Schwa Was Here introduced Antsy, and this is the 2nd in the series, followed by Ship Out of Luck. Heavy, philosophical themes of time and death are foremost in this book, as Antsy's friend, Gunnar Umlaut has a terminal illness and Antsy has the idea of giving him one month of his own life in a signed contract. Like most of Antsy's ideas...more
Phoebe
Antsy is back in another misadventure, this time, with a dying pal. Gunnar and his terminal illness urge Antsy's better nature to do something, so he does. He comes up with a wacky scheme that spreads like wildfire. Meanwhile, Antsy's parents are always at their restaurant, working themselves into an early grave, and Antsy begins to date Kjersten, Gunnar's older sister. Shusterman writes so well that he can be sidesplittingly funny (zingers abound and readers will giggle their way through the bo...more
Kami
- When I first read the title, I thought Antsy was going to go to jail for defacing public property (a.k.a. writing The Schwa Was Here everywhere). Turns out I was completely wrong, and the title makes me laugh now.

- These Antsy books are hilarious. There is so much great humor, but the story is also serious and solemn at times. The author does a wonderful job combining funny with sad.

- The chapter titles are awesome! They make absolutely no sense, but then after you've read the chapter, the lig...more
Alissa Bach
Update: 8/23/12. Some books I can't stay away from. Listened to the audio this time. Read by the author. Although he didn't make much voice distinction between characters, it was still enjoyable :)

Read this one when it first came out. Although I enjoyed it, a lot of it was missed because I hadn't yet read about Antsy's adventures with The Schwa. Needless to say, I liked this book MUCH more the second time around.

Antsy does time is both humorous and deep: While witnessing a Thanksgiving Parade tr...more
The Loft
Antsy Bonano, wise-cracking narrator of The Schwa Was Here, is back! This time, he befriends Gunnar Umlaut, whom he meets at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. There several men are trying to corral a runaway giant-sized raccoon balloon when tragedy strikes. That’s when Gunnar confides in Antsy (short for Anthony) that he has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia, leaving him only a few more months to live.



Lest you think the set-up is maudlin, it’s anything but. Antsy offe...more
Linda Lipko
I enjoyed it tremendously Amid the laughter and sheer silliness, there is a depth and poignancy.

Anthony (Antsy) Bonano narrates in a wise- cracking, side-splitting tone as we travel on a fast paced journey in his attempt to buy time for a newly found Swedish friend, Gunnar Ulmlaut, who claims to be dying from "PMS", Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia.

While observing the New York City Macy's Day Thanksgiving parade, Antsy and his friends watch in dismay as the huge float of Roadkyll Racoon breaks loose c...more
Teen
Review: Shusterman has written another funny book, even though, the topic is death from start to finish. The first death is a balloon handler falling from a flyaway raccoon during a Macy’s day parade in NYC. The second prospective death is Gunner Umlaut, a friend of Antsy’s, who says he has six months to live. It escalates from there. Soon Antsy & Gunner are killing all of the plants in Gunner’s backyard in an attempt to recreate “The Dust Bowl” for a school project. The book really takes of...more
Kati
Dec 09, 2008 Kati rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya-lit
I think this book would appeal to Jr/Sr high boys, but girls would probably enjoy it as well. There were actually some parts of the book that were quite "deep". I don't know if teenagers would get it or not, but it made me think. For example in chapter 18 the main character is praying for his father who is having surgery, and makes this comment: "that's when I realized that prayer isn't for God. After all, He doesn't need it. He's out there , or in there, or sitting up there in His firmament, wh...more
Laura
It is a very interesting book looking at how different people react differently to knowing when they will die. Some become reassured, nothing else can hurt them until then so they are careless and carefree. Others live with it as constant knowledge that causes them to make choices carefully. Antsy isn� t dying, but he sees this and starts to pay more attention to how he spends his own time. But that� s a subject for another blog entry.[return][return]It also gets into family relationships and fr...more
Donalyn
Let me say that The Schwa Was Here is one of my favorite books of all time and is also a favorite read aloud with my students year in and year out. No surprise then, that I anxiously looked forward to this "companion" novel which stars Antsy, Lexie and the cast of characters (minus Calvin Schwa) back again for another adventure.

Antsy Bonano, wisecracking middle-schooler from the Bronx, discovers that one of his classmates is dying from a terminal illness and hatches a plan for other people to si...more
Riley Conway
Antsy Does Time by Neal Shusterman is a sequel (or companion) to The Schwa Was Here. Like Schwa, this tale is set in Brooklyn and narrated by Antsy—Anthony Bonano—and, at least at first, seems to center on someone else’s crisis. When his stoic, Scandinavian classmate Gunnar reveals he’s dying of Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia (in which your body turns oxygen into carbon monoxide instead of carbon dioxide and you’re essentially poisoned by the very air you breath—p.s. it doesn’t exist IRL), Antsy off...more
Dylan
"You're not quite the wonderful person you thought you were, and you go to the other place that people these days spell with double hockey stick, which, by the way, doesn't make much sense, because that's the only sport they can't play down there unless they're skating on boiling water instead of ice, but it ain't gonna happen, because all the walk-on-water types'll be up in heaven."
"I don't do well with silence, so I usually take it upon myself to end it. My brother says I'm like the oxygen mas...more
Aaron
Anthony "Antsy" Bunano always seems to find ways to get himself into trouble, which was clearly seen in an early book called The Schwa Was Here. Some of it is because he can't seem to avoid his impulsive nature (thus, his name), but some of it is also due to his unique friends, which all seemed to be named after rare punctuation marks.

This time, his troubles center arround his classmate Gunnar Umlaut. The problem is that Gunnar has told him that he is suffering from pulmonary monoxic systema, a...more
Tj
Interesting plot, Interesting story, Interesting characters

This book was hilariously clever. The author Neal Shusterman does an extremely good job creating memorable characters that have their own personalities, like Antsy does. Antsy Is a curious and troublesome teenager that is subject to several strange occurrences throughout the book. Very early , He witnesses a tragic death, his friend tells him that he has 6 months to live, and he becomes infamous at his father's own restaurant. These happ...more
Jennifer
Antsy's latest adventure begins when a friend from school mentions that he has six months to live. Suddenly obsessed with time and mortality, Antsy comes up with a great idea - he'll give Gunnar a month of his life. On paper at least. It's a symbolic gesture, but it feels right. Pretty soon people are lining up to give Gunnar a month of their lives ... and that's when the trouble really starts.

This fun, fast book had me giggling within a couple pages and there were many times throughout I couldn...more
Heather
Antsy Bonano continues his adventure in this new book. Seemingly by accident, Gunnar Umlaut tells him that he only has six months to live. Antsy tries to make him feel better by donating Gunnar one month of his life. He even writes up an official contract and has it witnessed. When the rest of the school finds out about Antsy's donation, they decide to help out too. Before he knows it, Antsy is the master of time shaving, taking time off your own life and donating it to someone else.

While Antsy...more
Crawfore
Antsy Does Time by: Neal Shusterman
I was engrossed in the reading of Antsy Does Time. Author Neal Shusterman certainly has my vote for YA literary entertainer. In the character of Antsy, Shusterman has created a boy with everyday normal qualities that deals exceptionally well with some abnormal situations. Antsy started his literary career in the prequel The Schwa Was Here which would probably be a good starting point for the Antsy series, however I was unaware. Antsy’s little band of friends c...more
Steven
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Venus
Antsy is back and believe me he is as funny as ever. Antsy Bonano and his friends Ira and Howie are hanging out on Thanksgiving, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade when they watch a tragedy unfold. One of the giant balloons takes off with three men (or idiots as Antsy refers to them) dangling from its ropes. Next thing they know, they are taking a train to watch the tragedy in person. Once the attempted rescue is over, Gunnar, an aquaintance from school, turns to Antsy and says, "I have 6 m...more
Julie Graves
Antsy is the nickname of Anthony Bonano. Antsy is 14 and just started high school. When he and his friends are watching the Thanksgiving parade they see a balloon get away and carry off 3 of its handlers. They rush downtown to see it “live”. The balloon snags on top of the Empire State Building. While watching the dramatic rescue tragedy occurs.

Also standing there watching is Gunnar a fellow student. He tells Antsy that he only has 6 months to live. This makes Antsy sad and have a desire to “do...more
Peg
Review: Shusterman has written another funny book, even though, the topic is death from start to finish. The first death is a balloon handler falling from a flyaway raccoon. The second prospective death is Gunner Umlaut, a friend of Antsy’s, who says he has six months to live. It escalates from there. Soon Antsy & Gunner are killing all of the plants in Gunner’s backyard in an attempt to recreate “The Dust Bowl” for a school project. The book really takes off when Antsy decides to give Gunne...more
Christina
Feb 19, 2009 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the first book, humor lovers, New York City aficionados
Shelves: realistic, humor
Loved this book! Listened to the author read it on CD, and he has just the right Brooklyn accent for the main character of Anthony "Antsy" Bonnano, ninth grader in Brooklyn (and star of Shusterman's other book, The Schwa Was Here) who becomes friends with Swedish classmate Gunnar and Gunnar's hottie sister Kjrsten. When Antsy finds out Gunnar has an incurable disease and only 6 months to live, he decides to help his friend the only way he can think of: he donates a "month" of his life to Gunnar...more
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