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Notes from the Midnight Driver

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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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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
Jul 15, 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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Danica
Nov 04, 2016 Danica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Alex gets drunk and goes out for a drive his life will be changed forever.
When Alex drunk drives and knocks over a garden gnome he gets sent to court for a community service project. However when Alex meets his new "buddy" Saul, Alex isn't very happy. Over his time at the home he gets to know him better and figures out why he is so stubborn. When Alex finds out that Saul's wife was killed because of a Drunk driving he figured out why he was so stubborn. Alex also finds out that he has a dau
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Joyce Yattoni
May 31, 2014 Joyce Yattoni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-novels
Cute story about adolescents having a great friendship then all of a sudden adolescence truly catapults these young ones into the awkward stage. I enjoyed how Alex after spending months in the nursing home befriending an elderly gentlemen he finally gets that it isn't always about him. The story makes me appreciate even more kids who have musical talent. The only reason I don't give a 5 star rating is because statistically speaking it isn't very common for divorced parents to get back together a ...more
Adia
Nov 04, 2016 Adia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex is a good kid, but he gets himself into trouble. Laurie is his best friend, but he's developing some other feeling for her. He doesn't realize this until later. His parents are divorced and trying hard to not make Alex's life miserable. Because of Alex's "indecent", he has to work at the nursing home. That is where he meets Sol. Sol is a resident at the home. He gives Alex a hard time, but tough love, right. I defiantly recommend this book. And also, remember to read the Q&A in the bac ...more
Rylie Sewell
May 22, 2017 Rylie Sewell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex has a pretty hard life. His parents are divorced and he doesn't know really what to do. Is that why he got drunk? And got into his Mom's car and drove it up into some women's yard? Well since Alex did that, he had to do community service. He ended up working for a retirement home. He met this elderly man named Solomon Lewis, and boy at first they did not get along. The whole reason why Alex had to go to the retirement home was because he was supposed to learn a life lesson. But does he? Wha ...more
Maddy
Nov 20, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really enjoyed this book! I was surprised at the development of the characters. The main character Alex makes a stupid decision to drink alcohol and get drunk, then he takes his mom's car and crashes into the neighbor's lawn gnome. Alex is sentenced to send his time working with a difficult man at the nursing home named Saul. Saul doesn't seem like the friendliest of people to care for. Meanwhile Alex is battling with the at home struggles of his mom dating again, his best friend, Lor ...more
Layla
Mar 25, 2016 Layla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
"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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Reem
May 23, 2017 Reem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! To start off, the author Jordan Sonnenblick is funny himself, meaning most his books are funny. Notes from the Midnight Driver is narrated about a boy named Alex who's parents get divorced, who's dad claimed that his mom asked him to leave. Alex thinks his dad is nonsense. In revenge, Alex chooses to get drunk on a Friday night, get in his moms car and drive to his Dad's house to yell in his face. Yet, instead of going to his Dad's, he crashes a lawn gnome. For punishment he has to ...more
Nick Guerra
May 22, 2017 Nick Guerra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books, It had great humor and logic in this amazing story. The hook of this story totally brought me in. I was also surprised that I read this book so quickly. If you like books that are hilarious but also has a sad story to it this book is for you then. I rate this 5 starts because I love the genre this book is in. Also it was written by my favorite author that I met in real life. I love his story's they have so much imagination included and he puts his humor in it.
Ayla
Oct 30, 2014 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
Kala
May 22, 2017 Kala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Notes from the Midnight Driver was a very entertaining book that can interest those of any age. I rated this book five out of five stars for its amazing characters and interesting plot. I also liked how the author added in characters from is other books, that made me chuckle a bit.
Joanne Ji
Jun 06, 2017 Joanne Ji rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
omg this made me cryyyyy
the blurb doesnt look that sad but the book is gosh
Jake Keller
Have you ever been assigned to do community work?

Notes from the Midnight Driver is an amazing story about Alex, a 16-year old boy, who decides to get drunk and drive to his dad's house to give him a piece of his mind. His plan doesn't work about the best, though, and he gets in trouble with a police officer. By court, he is assigned to work with Solomon Lewis, an elderly man in a nursing home. Solomon and Alex don't get along very well at first, but eventually that all changes. Friendship and f
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Dahminick Murison
it was a terribly book but i like the gator part
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
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
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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
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
Maddie
Jul 15, 2014 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
Reading Sarah
Apr 15, 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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Andi
Dec 29, 2014 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
Jul 10, 2012 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
Christina
Feb 08, 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
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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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