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Surf Mules

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
When Logan goes searching for the Perfect Monster Wave, he doesn’t expect his former best friend to be killed by it. Add to this a deadbeat dad who bankrupted his family and the possibility of college going down the drain, and Logan is suddenly in a tailspin.

So when small-time dealer Broza offers Logan and his dropout pal, Z-boy, a summer job that could make them rich, it
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 11th 2009 by Putnam Juvenile (first published January 1st 2009)
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Man, are there really only twelve ratings for this book?
I understand why parents wanting their kids reading it, because of the language and subject matter, but come on. This is real.
I'm almost sixteen, I talk like Logan and Z-Boy (although I must confess I've never had the pleasure of calling someone a 'fuckwad' to their face).
Kids so young getting mixed up in pot smuggling might turn parents off to the book, but let me say this once; they know.
They know, okay? Your kids know whatever you've t
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
Summer's almost over, but the Books of Summer list is yet to be completed! Here's another hardcover for the list - one that's far better than it ought to be. I picked this one up expecting it to be so-so, an impression enforced by the prologue that recounts one of Logan and Z-boy's dumber exploits. But SURF MULES quickly becomes an emotional novel that will appeal to boys.

Logan's smart for a surfer, but it takes more than brains to go to college. And when his former best friend dies on the wave
Josh Newhouse
Jul 28, 2010 Josh Newhouse rated it really liked it
I am in the middle of disc 5 of 6... I have reached the beginning of the book basically... the cliffhanger... my thoughts thus far...

I really like the plot and characters, but it felt a little bit too much of a wait for the cliffhanger return...

I also do not like the way he returned to the beginning and retreads that same time period... I had to check to make sure it was not the same disc again before I realized that there was added detail which fleshed out the beginning but at the same time dis
Aug 07, 2009 Robbie rated it really liked it
Surf Mules
by G. Neri

Hardcover / 288 Pages
Penguin Putnam / June 2009


Surf Mules grew on me. At first, it seemed very slow and boring, which is funny because it’s about drug trafficking. But not only did it pick up, it also showed an emotional depth that I was not expecting.

Logan has just graduated from high school when his friend Fin dies riding the Perfect Killer Wave. Searching for his place in the world, he decides to go with his best friend Z-Boy on a cross country ro
Dec 10, 2009 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, book-eval-book
Logan Tom is a good student and wants to go to college but his single mom is in serious financial trouble and his deadbeat dad is no help. He and his friends love surfing and one of his best friends, Fin, has just signed on to the professional surfing circuit. Even though Fin’s father is a former professional surfer, Logan taught Fin everything he knows. After Logan witnesses Fin’s death from a monster wave, Logan goes into an emotional tailspin. He feels overwhelmed by pressure to solve his mot ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Dominic rated it it was amazing
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Nov 04, 2015 Mo rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
It kills me to write this, because I love everything I've ever read by Neri. I forced myself to read this in hopes that it would get better. It didn't. I can't find any redeeming qualities in this book.
Jul 01, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic
Logan, newly graduated from high school and anticipating college, plans to spend the summer surfing with his childhood best friends Zane "Z-Boy" and Flinn. But life, just like the Perfect Wave, has a habit of changing in the blink of an eye. Flinn is killed in a freak surfing accident, and Logan is totally thrown for a loop. Add to this that Z-boy, more of a stoner than the other two (who occasionally smoke some marijuana), didn't make graduation, and Logan's deadbeat surfer loser of a dad bankr ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Elyse rated it really liked it
I just really liked this book. Somehow really poignant and moving.
Jul 20, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it
This was actual pretty good. My first thought was ugh, a book about surfers...but combine that with a teenage road trip with a car filled with 100 pounds of pot, drug dealings, coming of age/growing up and a few other twists it's actually a decent story. The ending was a little long, almost like the author didn't quite know how what to do with the charactors.
Augusta Scattergood
A gritty novel with lots of heart. Believable setting, characters and language. The tone and the language are perfectly suited to readers and to the theme. Surf Mules will have a following of teenage guys who love to surf and who like adventure stories. Also should have crossover appeal into the adult market.
Mar 16, 2012 Margie rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the story very much. Didn't know what turn it would take. Two young kids in desperate situtations trying to do what they think will help them. Characters are believable and very realistic. Listened to the Audio.
Oct 21, 2009 Krista rated it liked it
Not bad, not what I would normally choose. Didn't think it exactly had a happy ending, and I was kind of waiting for the bad the whole time so it was kind of a perturbing read. Well written though and not a bad story.
Donna Lyn
Oct 21, 2010 Donna Lyn rated it liked it
spoiler alert....
this read like a biography in that it provided a lot of life lessons. a book for teen boys that talks about the drug culture but doesn't glorify it.
Mar 16, 2015 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
My review on my You Know You Wanna Read It blog:
Sarah Ressler
Mar 31, 2013 Sarah Ressler rated it really liked it
Good for kids who don't like reading especially when I say "it's a book about pot smuggling."
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G. NERI is the Coretta Scott King honor winning author of YUMMY: THE LAST DAYS OF A SOUTHSIDE SHORTY. He is also the recipient of the International Reading Association's Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his debut book CHESS RUMBLE. His latest novel GHETTO COWBOY won an ALA Odyssey Honor and the Horace Mann Upstanders Award. His work has been honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and t ...more
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