Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesday[32]: The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Lots and lots of homework. That’s pretty much all I’ve been doing lately. Ah, sigh…
Here’s what I’m reading right now:
The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sachar
Genre: YA Contemporary (with a little Romance)
Publisher: Random House (Delacorte Press)
Publish Date: May 11th, 2010

Amazon Synopsis:

The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him, he has no money and no job, and his parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester, who is old, blind, very sick, and very rich, to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner. 
     But Alton's parents aren't the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapp's good graces. There is Trapp's longtime housekeeper, his alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castaneda family.
     Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda, as he struggles to figure out what it all means, and ultimately to figure out the meaning of his own life.


“My father doesn’t trust car salesmen. He also doesn’t like lawyers, bankers, plumbers, electricians, politicians, or swimming-pool contractors.” (Hardback, pg. 88)

“I realize it’s a cliché for a teenager to be embarrassed by his parents. Cliff often complained about his parents, but I always thought they were pretty cool. Was it possible, I wondered, that there was somebody, somewhere, who thought my parents were cool?” (Hardback, pg. 89)

So, what are you reading right now?

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