Jamil's Reviews > The Big Splash

The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Sep 24, 2008

liked it
bookshelves: kids-alright, detective-stories, noir

Nice little piece of middle school crime fiction, more akin to Nickelodeon, than BRICK or VERONICA MARS. For the first 80-90 pages I wasn't all that into it, but on page 96, suddenly, all the bits of noir trappings vis-a-vis middle school, all the straining metaphors, snapped into focus:

"Five minutes doesn't seem like a long time, unless you're on the playground getting hammered with kickballs, wearing only socks and a stained diaper. Then five minutes is an eternity. That's how long it took for a teacher to finally break things up and get Joey inside. Five minutes to destroy a kid's life. Even the teacher who saved Joey had a look of disgust on her face."

Criminal candy rackets, squirt-gun assassins, hall-pass forgeries might strain it's credibility a bit, but emotionally, it all rings true. In middle school, your rep is all you have, your one life to live, and you spend all your days in the one place where it is easiest to have that life utterly destroyed.

If not for Matt Stevens...


Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Big Splash.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.