"Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for."
This might be a big statement to make, considering it's only March, but here it goes — this has been one of my favourites from the year! The moment I began reading, I was instantly captivated.
The structure of this novel is inviting and the fact it is written in 1st person allows readers to connect with Parker on a deep level — especially considering that he can't talk so there's no dialogue. Though Parker is known for writing short stories and keeping a journal, the novel made me feel like I was reading straight from Parker's journal. There was something intimate about this and I felt like I was able to connect to him. He didn't need to talk, his written words were enough for him to express everything he was thinking.
I was instantly drawn to Zelda. She came across as an unattainable mythical creature straight from Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris. Like Parker, I questioned whether I could believe the fact she was actually a few hundred years old - it was so bazaar and unexpected. But it began to make sense - her maturity, exceptional class, and elegance only would belong to someone who has experienced so many different periods of time. I also found Zelda to be fearless, especially due to her ongoing choice to commit suicide as she's tired of being alive after a few hundred years. Personally, I can't think of anything more amazing than to live for hundreds of years without ageing - imagine all the things you would see and do! However, there was something liberating about her decision and it was another sign of her wisdom.
Wallach's novel showed immense depth and I found it difficult to stop reading. He also captured Parker's character beautifully through his short stories. Thanks For The Trouble is one of those books that will stick with you for a while.
This book was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review.