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Antsy Does Time (Antsy Bonano #2)

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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 donating
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published September 18th 2008 by Dutton Juvenile
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May 10, 2017 Josiah rated it it was ok
Nowhere are Neal Shusterman's Brooklyn roots more apparent than in his Antsy Bonano books. Shusterman has said Antsy is his favorite character, and I can see why: the fourteen-year-old city kid is the embodiment of Brooklyn attitude and charm, toughness tempered by uncommon intelligence and sparkling wit. If Calvin Schwa felt like the main character of The Schwa Was Here, Antsy is definitely the guy in Antsy Does Time, a celebration of urban living, family, and relationships with the people you ...more
Dec 27, 2010 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: male, humor, dysfunctional
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Eric Boot
This one was even better than 'The Schwa Was Here'!
Clare Cannon
Feb 21, 2013 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it
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

Jan 10, 2014 Louize rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
From The Page Walker

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
Apr 09, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
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
Aug 26, 2016 Sergei_kalinin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for_soul
По-прежнему считаю Нила Шустермана одним из лучших детских (подростковых) писателей современности :). И по-прежнему удивляюсь, почему в России ни одно из солидных издательств не издаёт его книги.

Поэтому отдельная огромная благодарность проекту , которые перевели и озвучили эту книгу ( ). И отдельный "плюс" - это прекрасное исполнение Игоря Князева!

Это вторая прочитанная мною книга трилогии Энси Бонано (первая "Здесь был Шва" https://www.goodr
Dec 08, 2012 Anyana rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2009 Cinda rated it really liked it
I'd never read Schusterman before. This book was "assigned" as part of a writing retreat, and I enjoyed being introduced to this character. Schusterman deals with rather serious issues in a humorous, engaging way.
Jan 22, 2017 Patrick rated it really liked it
The sequel to Schwa was good but not quite as good as the first story. It was fun to read more about Antsy, but I did miss having the Schwa in this story. Antsy is such a great and strong character. Both books are must read!
Dec 27, 2008 Janni added it
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Riley Conway
Sep 13, 2011 Riley Conway rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2017 Kim rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. It wasn't as good as the first Antsy Bonano book. I liked the story until the wrapping up of it...mostly the restaurant part. That's all I'll say as to not give anything away. Fun book though.
Mascha (Het Leeslint)
loved it sooooo much
Jul 09, 2009 Aaron rated it really liked it
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
Feb 15, 2017 Jennifer rated it really liked it
"I thought about my own father, fighting for his life, and winning, even as Mr Umlat threw his life away, surrendering--and it occurred to me how a roll of the dice had given me back my father, and had taken theirs away."

Antsy Does Time is the story of a young teenager who witnesses the tragic destruction of a friend's family due to addiction, namely the father's addiction to gambling. It is poignant, and raw, and humorous, and so incredibly teenage-ish (I know that's not a real word).

"I can't
Dec 30, 2009 Venus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Sep 10, 2012 Crawfore rated it really liked it
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
Alissa Bach
May 17, 2010 Alissa Bach rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, re-read
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
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Dec 04, 2012 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Feb 11, 2009 Christina rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2013 Kami rated it really liked it
- 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
Dec 03, 2008 Donalyn rated it liked it
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
Mar 10, 2009 Teen rated it it was amazing
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
May 29, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
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 frie ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Wisteriouswoman rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2009 Peg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: death, friendship
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
Julie Graves
Dec 08, 2008 Julie Graves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
Linda Lipko
Sep 01, 2009 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
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
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi ...more
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