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33 Minutes

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  776 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Sam Lewis is going to get his butt kicked in exactly 33 minutes. He knows this because yesterday his former best friend Morgan Sturtz told him, to his face and with three witnesses nearby, “I am totally going to kick your butt tomorrow at recess.”

All that’s standing between Sam and this unfortunate butt-kicking is the last few minutes of social studies, and his lunch per
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Aladdin
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Ms. Yingling
Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Sam is really smart and into video games, and was good friends with Morgan until a while ago. Now, for reasons Sam doesn't quite understand, Morgan is going to fight him at the end of recess. Thinking about their long relationship, Sam tries to figure out why things have gone wrong. Luckily for Sam, there is a huge food fight during lunch right before he's supposed to get his clock cleaned, and THEN someone sets off the fire alarm, which could save him from Morgan, but the teachers are not watch ...more
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Books for pre-teen girls dealing with friendships coming to an end are a dime a dozen. One girl likes makeup and boys, the other sports, etc. But the story of the breakup of a boys friendship is more rare, which is why I decided to read this book.
Sam is short, witty,and probably too smart for his own good. Smart enough to realize that his friendship with the suddenly very large and very different Morgan is not working out. And Morgan is very, very angry at him. How Sam deals with this makes for
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-ya, first-reads
Overall, this is a very quick read, that is very entertaining and chronicles potentially the worst day in main character Sam Lewis's life. I think it is a great novel for boys age 10-13, and deals with things that boys of that age could be facing.

Basically, the novel begins when Sam is in Social Studies class, and we learn that he is pretty smart. Okay, very smart, but perhaps not the most socially smart. He is a small, nerdy guy, who has a best friend Morgan that is a large, not qui
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
My UTMOST thanks to Goodreads and their First Reads program for allowing me to read and review a free copy of 33 Minutes.

I really liked the narrative structure of the book. It basically reads as a countdown working up to the point where Sam’s former best friend, Morgan, is going to “kick his butt”. In between, we get the backstory of what happened to cause their friendship to deteriorate. Also, along the way, we see these cute black and white illustrations, which, in my opinion, really enhance
Sandy Stiles
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
A serious look at the nature of friendships in middle school and the struggles of a young gifted mathematician to fit in. NOT!! Well, yes, it IS an examination of middle school friendships, but in a fun, snappy way. And it IS a look at the angst suffered by our protagonist, Sam, who happens to be very smart, but Sam's voice describing his trials and the unwinding of the events during the 33 minutes that Sam has to wait until his former best-friend Morgan kicks his butt, is entertaining to the ma ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Imagine the show "24" but instead of Keifer Sutherland fighting terrorism in 24 hours, you have Sam, a 7th grader who is about to get his butt kicked at recess 33 minutes from now.
Carissa B
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A seventh-grader named Sam Lewis has a former best friend, Morgan Sturtz, who has made it obvious that after 33 minutes, he was going to fight Sam. Morgan and Sam used to play this game called "Alien Wars" together, which caused something called TAMADE ((The Absolutely Most Amazing Day Ever) because they ranked themselves as the best Alien Wars players in history. How did these two best friends end up hating each other? Sam's immediate thought goes to Chris Tripadero, a new boy who was Sam's fr ...more
Ty Tsoukalas
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
33 Minutes, by Todd Hasak lowy is a realistic fiction novel told by Sam Lewis who has thirty three minutes until his former best friend, Morgan, kicks his butt. The majority of the story takes place at Wrangler Middle School where Morgan and Sam’s friendship comes to an end. The book is hard to put down once you started reading. I would recommend this book to seventh and eighth graders because it is more relatable to middle scholers and it doesn’t have any tough vocabulary. I enjoyed the book, b ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Sam and Morgan have been best friends their whole lives but middle school changes it all. Sam is really academic and loves math and Morgan loves sports and struggles in school. Add in the mix a third 'friend' and their friendship hits a lot of obstacles. The story is funny and Sam is a great narrator. I like to think it is the next step up for reading from Wimpy Kid. There are some pictures but not as many as Wimpy and a normal sized font. It still has the humor and the relationships aspect. I e ...more
Dan Allbery
Sam Lewis is your classic "nerd" archetype who quickly loses the middle school lottery when he and his best friend/school jock, Morgan Sturtz, go separate ways. Despite my long time with this book, it does read fast. Even though the protagonist (Sam) is a 7th grader, the story reads a little young and I think it would better fit with 6th grade audiences. When book talking, stress the food fight and you'll have kids wanting to read this book.
Kayleigh Giesen
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy named Sam Lewis, who's best friend (not anymore), is going to beat him up in exactly 33 minutes, at recess time. Sam is trying everything he can to help Morgan, his non-best friend, not beat him up. Though Sam has no idea why Morgan isn't his friend anymore. He thinks maybe it might be because the new kid, Chris, has changed Morgan a lot.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like comics, drama. real life problems.
I would rate this book 8/10. This book was about a boy named Sam Louis. This boy used to be friends with a guy named Morgan Sturtz. Then Morgan found a not so nice note and tells Sam he is going to get his bit kicked the next day at recess. Then there is a food fight and Sam has to go to the office. will Morgan still kick his but?
Jane Brewer
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute story I read as consideration for middle school literature curriculum. Sam and Morgan are friends. Well, they used to be friends before Sam messed it all up. Now Morgan wants to beat Sam up, and Sam is pretty sure he'll do it. I was hoping the story would focus a bit more on bullying. Overall, I enjoyed this quick read, but it's no masterpiece.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I did not really like the book but it had some funny parts to it. My favorite scene is when the school caught on fire and there was a lot of panic and all Sam could hear was the fire popping and screams and then he turned around to see Morgan his ex-best friend ready to fight.
Joshua Krames
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like school stories
I thought the book was a pleasant realistic book, but I feel like it dragged on. It was boring watching each chapter only raise the time by a few minutes. This book would be a lot better if it was short story, it was way too small of an event to stretch out into a whole book.
Viola Sung
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Humorous, enjoyable, heartfelt. :)
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book about the falling apart of friendship between two teen boys written in a very humorous fashion. I love the many funny pages of artwork.
it a about a kid who use to be best friend with this kid until SAM wrote this note that he was stupid so they had a fight in the book
Chloe Payne
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and sarcastic.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Compelling read for intermediate or middle grades.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Summary (book jacket)

In exactly 33 minutes, Sam Lewis is going to get his butt kicked by his former best friend, Morgan Sturtz. But how did this happen just a year after TAMADE (The Absolutely Most Amazing Day Ever), when they became the greatest Alien Wars video game team in the history of great Alien Wars teams? Was it when the new kid Chris showed up and suddenly Morgan thought dropping a bowling ball on someone was fun? Or, when Morgan joined the football team while Sam became a
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
In exactly 33 minutes (after social studies and lunch), Morgan Sturtz is going to kick Sam Lewis's butt. Sam knows this because yesterday, in front of several witnesses, Morgan told him, "I am totally going to kick your butt at recess tomorrow." As the minutes tick by, Sam slowly reveals to the reader the events that led up to the threat of butt-kicking, and chronicles the unraveling of his best-friendship with Morgan. Along the way, he keeps up a wry and melancholy commentary on the bleak lands ...more
Gisselle Parada
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book overall was actually really good. There could be people that can relate to it , because i know i can. i really think its worth the read. This book is about two best friends who had a bad argument which led to them to fight during school. This book is interesting because it makes you really want to keep reading to find out how they both about the situation. This book was really good and i enjoyed it
Brenda Kahn
This book came highly recommended to me from a trusted resource. Not only that, it sports four sterling blurbs from middle grade authors on the back. (Not that that sways me all that much, but four!) (oops, five - one on the front) I found myself falling in serious like with this book almost immediately. There are tons of books about the disintegration of friendship during middle school - almost all of them about friendships between girls. I was so looking forward to seeing male friendships expl ...more
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Lisa W.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: tween, boy, school-stories
This was a very slow start for me, and I carried it around for months, despite the short length. Finished the 2nd half in one setting. Story of 2 boys who used to be friends, and why one is going to "kick the butt" of the other. I liked the way is showed friendship naturally growing apart in middle school, and showing that was okay. The story was only okay, multiple fantasy scenes in the narrator Sam's head were confusing and did not add much. Might be a good choice for a school discussion on bu ...more
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Amanda Harris
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sam Lewis is about to have an epic-ally tragic day when it comes to light that Morgan Sturtz is in fact going to kick his butt in exactly 33 minutes. Morgan is his best friend or ex-best friend who apparently wants to make his life hell. Sam reflects upon the situation and if asked, it's actually kind of difficult to pin-point why Morgan even wants to beat him up.

The big event is supposed to take place right after lunch during recess, like I said, in 33 minutes. It's such big news, t
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me first say that 33 Minutes is a fantastic book.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when an author writes down to his/her audience. When I say this, I don’t mean writing for a younger audience, what I mean by this is purposeful writing a weaker plot, more anemic characters, and generally writing a lower quality book, all because it is for a younger audience.

Luckily, this is not such a book.

As the story unfolds Sam reveals more and more of the back-story throu
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My name is Todd, and I’ve been writing books for about fifteen years. I started writing books for adults, but now I write books for kids and teenagers, too. My most recent book is a middle-grade novel called 33 MINUTES. I’ve also published a short story collection THE TASK OF THIS TRANSLATOR and the novel CAPTIVES. In addition to writing fiction, I teach creative writing
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