Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed by Gary Paulsen
As a punishment for his frequent lying, Kevin’s parents have taken away his all-important allowance. Kevin has learned his lesson and stopped lying, but he has no “walking around money.” Kevin has his eye set on a girl at school but he feels as though the only way he can get this girl, Tina Zabinski, Is to become filthy rich by any means necessary. Kevin tries his luck with friendly poker games that become a little less friendly and a baking project that turns sour. Throughout the book Kevin tries to come up with more and more ideas to make money so he can ask the beautiful Tina Zabinski to the school dance. The outcomes of Kevin’s various projects will determine whether Tina Zabinski will take his arm at the dance.
Although this book is for a younger audience, the humor and adventure of it keeps you hooked. The young go-getter named Kevin finds himself in a plethora of situations that will make or break his chances of becoming filthy rich. I really enjoyed this book because I could really connect and compare myself to Kevin because just like every young kid, I dreamt of being successful and rich when I was young. Kevin gets himself into situations that are fun and humorous. I would recommend this book but to a younger audience. Although it was a fun read I feel as though you need to be younger to truly appreciate the humor and story.
Reviewed by: Joe S.