Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
Alfred Knopp
February 2010
250 pgs.
Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did it? And why does that guy talk to his fingers? And will the beautiful girl ever notice him? (Okay, so Will’s interested in more than just murder . . .)



  1. This was a so-so read for me. The story didn't get going until about mid-way through when a murder mystery develops. The mystery reveal kind of fell flat for me. Despite all that, readers who like outcast types would probably enjoy the book. The first person snark didn't work for me, but I can see some finding the character witty. Will's deafness also gives the book an extra point of interest.

  2. I really enjoyed the humor in this one because it was self-deprecating and hinted at Will's sadness. He is not happy with his present life and it shows. I do feel some of the characters could have been more developed and the book read more like a series beginner instead of a standalone but even with that. It was a great read.