Why We Took the Car – Wolfgang Herrndorf

Why we took the carWhen 14 year old Mike Klingenberg discovers that he’s among the few “boring kids and losers” who are not invited to the party of the year being held by the most popular girl in school (and the love of his life), he is devastated. With his mother in rehab and his father on a business trip, Mike is facing a miserable summer holiday alone.

That is, until the new Russian kid at school, Tschick arrives at his house in a beaten-up old car that he has temporarily ‘borrowed’. Forget the popular kids. Mike and Tschick are going on a road trip with no map, no phone and no destination. Will they get hopelessly lost in the middle of nowhere? Probably. Will they meet crazy people and get into serious trouble? Definitely. But will they ever be called boring again?

Not a chance.

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