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Notes from the Midnight Driver

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  6,239 ratings  ·  713 reviews
When sixteen-year-old Alex hatches one of his possibly-not-so-brilliant plans to get his parents back together, it ends up backfiring in a major way (as in police officers being called to the scene - major).
Now, after being sentenced to do community service at an old folks home, Alex has one more thing to contend with: Solomon Lewis. Sol is a feisty senior who pours ice wa
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Hardcover, 265 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Perfection Learning (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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Corey
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
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Jenny
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
Abel
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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Ayla
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
Jaemi
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
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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
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
Andi
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
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
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Christina
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
Brianna
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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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
Rhnair
How many times in our life, we have been forced to do something we hated. And how bewildering it was to accept that those turned out to be some of the most defining moments in our life.

I had a couple of such events, so it was easy for me to identify with the turmoil of Alex, a mild mannered boy. How he was pissed off with his emerging life, his maiden attempt at confrontation which ended with a mandatory social service. Life sucks. But wait, it gets worse when the person he is supposed to assist
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Liz
I just discovered Jordan Sonnenblick via my seventh grader with Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. His novels are easily consumable novels for a younger teen reader (there's no sex or cursing, etc.) which feature smart, male narrators and a realistic teenage voice. The plot in this book does involve drunk driving - the protagonist goes on an out-of-character drinking binge one night and is about to go confront his father (mom & dad are in the midst of a divorce) and gets halfway down the block ...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
Suzanne
Jordan Sonnenblick has a real ability to tell stories in a way that is both serious and hilarious at the same time! Who else could talk of a child having cancer or a teen drinking and driving and have his readers both crying and laughing?

I do not like the cover of the book Notes from the Midnight Driver. The childish drawings of a boy and a knome in a lineup do not attract the kind of reader the book is written for. However, I did LOVE the book. Beginning with the present where Alex is sitting w
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Lisa
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!
Garrett
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.
Johnna
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.
Melanie
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
Colin Oppelt
I loved this book!! It was interesting from the start, just not in a action type of way. It tells the scenario that Alex is in , and it shows why he acts the way he does.

After the damage to the gnome and his moms car , Alex is assigned 100 hours of community service. Not only is the community service at a retirement home but it is to specifically hang out with a very crabby old man named Sol.Alex tried everything to get out of working with Sol but he couldnt get out of it.

Alex discovers that
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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.
Lady Susan
I don't think I have read a bad novel my Sonnenblick. He knows how to do YA well! A really great balance between humor and seriousness. Loved this.
Julial
Jordan Sonnenblick expresses her view of empathy in Notes from the Midnight Driver through the behavior of the stubborn, old Mr. Lewis, because at first he seems like a man that is old and cranky but as Alex continues to visit him he learns of Mr. Lewis's passion for guitar playing and the loss of his beloved wife. This novel is about a boy named Alex Gregory, and he has been sentenced to doing hours at the Egbert P. Johnson Memorial Home for the Aged because of a drunk driving incident that res ...more
Jae Park
This book is about a high school kid whose parents are divorced and his hard time after being arrested for drunk driving. When I was introduced to this book, it seemed to have lots of actions into it because drunk driving and getting arrested is one of the crazy things that people would do. The first few chapters were very interesting but after Alex, the main character, was arrested, the mood of the story changed. From all the excitements in the first few chapters changed into sad and serious fa ...more
Mcc_baller#9
The moral of this story is never to be forgotten and this book will always be one of my favorite books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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