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Notes from the Midnight Driver

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“Alex Peter Gregory, you are a moron!” Laurie slammed her palms down on my desk and stomped her foot. I get a lot of that.

One car crash.

One measly little car crash. And suddenly, I’m some kind of convicted felon.

My parents are getting divorced, my dad is shacking up with my third-grade teacher. I might be in love with a girl who could kill me with one finger, and now I’m s
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Published February 20th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published October 1st 2006)
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karen
"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
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আমার মনে হয় যে কিছু লেখক লেখার সময় একটা হাতুড়ি নিয়ে বসেন। কিছু পেজ যাওয়ার পর পর সেই হাতুড়ি দিয়ে বযাম!!! করে একটা বাড়ি। আর আপনার আশে পাশের দুনিয়া পুরা ওলট পালট হয়ে যায়। আর আমার মনে হয় যে এই লেখক এই বযাপারে একসপারট। এই বছর এ আমার সেরা আবিষকার ইনিই। উনার তিনটা বই ই এই বছর আমার পড়া সবথেকে ফানি কিনতু আবার সবথেকে কষটের বই হিসেবে মনে থাকবে। হাসতে হাসতে চোখ দিয়ে পানি বের হয়ে যায়, কিনতু একটু পরই ঐটাকে আর কাননার পানি থেকে আলাদা করা যায়না। আজিব তোহ। সবাইকে অনুরোধ, লেখকের একটা বই পড়ে দেখবেন। :) ...more
Corey
Jun 11, 2012 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Jenny
May 08, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Agata
Sep 01, 2016 Agata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 7th-ela
What a great story and lesson that we can all benefit from. Unless I missed some details, I didn't think Alex was as bad of a kid as the other characters let on towards the end of the book, however the change in his attitude towards his community service was very evident in the letters he write to the judge.
Sonnenblick does a great job adding subtle details and pieces of foreshadowing that made this book so fun to read. The addition of character from his other novel is brilliant and creates a l
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Abel
Nov 02, 2014 Abel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hey you! Yea you, do you like books with comedy, drama, and a little romance in it? If yes this book would he great for you! The genre would be realistic fiction mostly cause everything in this book can possibly be real. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Somebody does die and he's an old man but is an important character. It was very sad, I tried holding back a couple of tears myself.

This whole story is about a boy named Alex who is about 16 years old. He gets drunk and drives a car because he is going throu
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Alishah Ahmed
Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick is a young adult novel that focuses on Alex, a sixteen year old boy that was drunk while driving and now has to do community service. At the nursing home, he is assigned to Solomon Lewis whose, “hair was a metallic gray, and his face was surprisingly red, which served to highlight his large, hooked peninsula of a nose.” This book takes you through Alex’s hours spent with Solomon and how he changes because of it. Notes from the Midnight Driver ...more
Ayla
Dec 16, 2015 Ayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered how would it be to be assigned to take care of a grumpy elder, who always insulted you in a language you did not understand? What if the reason why the elder insulted you was because he thought you were stupid and he wanted you to learn. Well in this book, Alex had that problem but he ended up learning valuable lessons from the grumpy elder and they became friends. The genre of this book is realistic fiction and the setting was in the home for the elders and Alex's school ...more
Maddie
Jan 03, 2016 Maddie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated-it
This is in no way a bad book. I have friends that loved and liked it, and I trust their opinions. This book was an option to read over the summer, and if I had known, I would have chosen a different book. I knew this was a good book, and it had a fairly interesting storyline. A boy does a bad thing, then he has to care for an elderly man, and meanwhile he has a toughish family life and a female friend who is majorly friendzoning him. Sounds like another book I read and loved, The Schwa Was Here, ...more
Jaemi
Jan 11, 2009 Jaemi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous, ya-fiction
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
Arminzerella
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Kristian
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
Apr 17, 2009 Reading Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, humor, family, teens
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
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Rose
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
Ariel Mendoza
May 31, 2016 Ariel Mendoza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Andi
Feb 01, 2015 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This was a quick read and sweet story of sixteen-year old Alex, who has to do community service at a nursing home after a drunk driving incident involving a neighbor's garden gnome. He is assigned to crotchety Sol, who loves to insult others almost as much as he loves to play practical jokes on them. While their initial interactions make Alex want to run for cover, a bond forms between the two, and Alex begins to think of more than just finishing his "hard time."

This is my second Jordan Sonnenb
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Julie Cotton
Jun 14, 2016 Julie Cotton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Time: Walk-man days (90's)
Place: NY
265 pages

Awesome book! I am in love with this story. I laughed out loud. I cried. I cared. Loved 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. Yo
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Dana
I loved this book because you could really read it from so many perspectives: you could read it as a mom, you could read it as a teacher, as a dad, a student, a social worker, and the elderly. There were so many perspectives that go into someone messing up and getting into serious trouble. read this book in like a day. It was very good and very real. It made me ugly cry and it had some slight twists in it. I appreciated this book because it actually gave consequences to a person that had done wr ...more
Layla (babygotpaperback)
"We're all free to choose some people to love, and then do it."

I tried reading this book in January but stopped halfway because it seemed so predictable, and frankly, I was bored out of my mind. This time around (I figured I should give it another shot), I was still bored out of my mind. All that I thought would happen, definitely happened. Love was found. Things were lost. Lessons were learned. There were some strong attempts at humour in this book but it was almost "too much" to be considered
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Christina
Apr 04, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mason
It was a great book a had a good moral.
Shane Ahlin
Notes from the midnight driver by Jordan Sonnenblick is a young adult fiction book. In this book the main character Alex Gregory is a 16 year old boy lives with his mom. His parents are divorced and it has been very rough on him. One night his mom went out on date and he got drunk and decided to go for a drive. He ended up crashed on his neighbor's lawn, and was later arrested. His punishment (along with many other things) was that he had to do community service by helping out at a nursing home. ...more
Krista
Jun 13, 2016 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dinj
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Notes from the Midnight Driver, by Jordan Sonnenblick Is about 16 year old Alex Gregory going through life with many obstacles ahead of him. Alex’s parents are splitting up at the moment. His mom is out on a date with another guy, while Alex’s dad is dating his 3rd grade teacher, which leaves Alex home alone. On this night, Alex decides to get drunk and take his Mom’s car for a ride to see his Dad again. Although, Alex gets so wasted, that he gets into a minor car crash,
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Ellie
In the story Notes From a Midnight Driver, written by Jordan Sonnenblick, a teenage boy named Alex Gregory copes with his abrupt and sudden emotions by abusing alcohol and driving while intoxicated. He tells his powerful story in the first person and meaningfully notes his experiences as a social worker assisting the most displeasing elderly man. Alex had been sentenced to one-hundred service hours in court because he had been charged for property invasion when he had drunkly knocked the head of ...more
Linda
Dec 24, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read an excerpt from this book and enjoyed it so much, I had to get the book. It's a darling YA with the typical "gaining maturity" theme, but it develops it in what I looked at as a rather unique way.

Alex decides one night, when his mother is on a date, to take her car and drive to his father's house and bawl him out for leaving the family. He can't drive yet, but, hey, it's only over to his Dad's. He thinks that having a drink will help him have the courage, so he downs some vodka. And more,
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Sophie
Dec 20, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Notes From the Midnight Driver, Jordan Sonnenblick has done it once again: written a book appealing to all, that pulls the strings of your emotions. Notes From the Midnight Driver is a very serious book, lightened up by humor and sarcasm. This book is realistic fiction because the plot is similar to many teenager’s experiences. Notes From the Midnight Driver is about a teenager named Alex Gregory. Alex has not taken his parents’ decision to get a divorce very well. To get revenge on his pare ...more
Deviki
I picked up this book from mountains of dusty piles of books from a warehouse sale near by office.

I don't know why the title of the book made me think this was some kind of 'fear street' kind of thriller fiction. I thought for sure it has something to do with murder. Boy was I wrong .....LOL

Anyway, reading this book felt like watching Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (ya'all remember that merry show right). I loved that show and this book felt like I was reading Ned's point of view ....o
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Brianna
Oct 14, 2014 Brianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theme: Think before you do

What would you do if you got in trouble with the law, and had to go to a senior citizen center and do 100 hours of community service there?

This book is about a 16 year old boy named Alex. His parents are divorced and Alex is mad at his dad. So, one night when Alex's mom went on a date, he got bored and he was going to drive to his dad's house and yell at him. So, he got drunk, took his mom's car and left. He didn't even make it halfway down the street before he drove up
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Mike McCain
Jun 06, 2013 Mike McCain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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I am the author of seven books for children and young adults, including Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. So if youʼre looking for info about some other guy named Jordan Sonnenblick, youʼve got the wrong website.
Anyway, I know a lot of people are looking for stuff they can use in reports for school, so Iʼll just get this out of the way right up front:
My favorite color is blue.
I have a wife and two
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