Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.
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The book starts off somewhat slow, but it really picks up at the end. Luther is a likeable character and he takes the audience along with him as he discovers more and more about the Sarge's empire. It's believable how much he doesn't know and doesn't ask about his mom's "businesses" and when he finally digs out the truth, his reaction is believable, too.
Bucking the Sarge
Luther T. Farrell is a smart kid, trying to escape Flint, Michigan to become “the country’s best-known, best-loved, best-paid philosopher,” all while living under the thumb of “The Sarge,” his not-so-flattering nickname for his mother,
An engaging book, Bucking the Sarge is interesting enough at the beginning, but really picks up pace at the end. Though somewhat implausible that a clever student would not see the implications of his own science fair research, Luther is such a likeable character that the reader tends to overlook this minor point. Told in Luther’s own teenage vernacular, the language is colorful, yet well-crafted.
Bucking the Sarge is a funny, yet meaningful book. It explores teenage perceptions, anxieties, and aspirations, while also discussing serious adult issues. The book maintains a humorous tone, but the story remains serious and enlightening to readers. Luther T. Farrell is a character to whom many young adult readers can relate, a driven, but stil happy-go-lucky teenager who is at times naive but at other times not willing to give himself the credit he deserves.
Unlike his other books, Curtis does not delve into
If there is a person to be bought, The Sarge has the cash and the means to do it. If there is a family in her project that cannot pay the rent, the Sarge will happily have her goon throw them out in the street. Using her middle school aged son Luther, aka Sparky as her servant, she forces him manage the nursing home.
Sparky is intelligent and quick witted and was to get the heck out of Flint, Michigan as fast as he can.
While I laughed when reading this well written book, in the end, it fell flat and wasn't up to the standard I've come to appreciate in this wonderful author.
Luther T. Farrell is different from a lot of teens in Flint, Michigan. For starters, he is working on his third first place medal in the High School science fair, hoping to beat his crush Shayla