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Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
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Nov 21, 2011

it was ok
Read in September, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Hmmmm... what to say. This book made its way onto a list of recommended summer reading for my then 12 year-old son. So, when it was on a shelf at the library I snatched it up to see what my child was being offered as educational reading material. I started in with no preconceived notions of what to expect. Lo and behold, the story is about a young Mormon boy (Thad) who has premarital sex, lies about it, ends up on a mission, and when he finds all his companions have made the same choices he has he confesses and is sent home in disgrace. His parents basically disown him so he marries his girlfriend and sets out to reinvent himself. At this point you are rooting for Thad; he's making it, he's accepted into the Nasa internship program and has a chance to make something great out of himself. Unfortunately (this is a true story, by-the-way), Thad is an idiot. He (spoiler alert) starts a romantic relationship with another woman, steals the Nasa moon rocks collected from various different missions, and tries to sell everything to an online buyer who happened to be savvy enough to alert the FBI to the sale. Now the book becomes difficult to read. I wanted to scream the entire time, "Thad, you idiot! What are you thinking?! Stop ruining your life even more than you all ready have." I am glad my son chose a different book. The writing was fine but the main character left much to be desired as far as being a good role model. Shame on you, Thad.
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Marcelle Hi Marci, I don't think we've ever met, but I'm your cousin David's wife and I LOVE reading your reviews on goodreads. I laughed out loud at this one ("shame on you, thad!") but there have been many others that have led me to books I have enjoyed and more on my to-read list. I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to read and share your thoughts and opinions.

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