Title: Smiles to Go
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Synopsis: Will Tuppence has life figured out: he lives for Saturday evening Monopoly dates with his best friends, B.T. and Mi-Su; skateboarding on his Black Viper; praticing chess strategies with his dad; and stargazing. However, on the day the first proton dies, Will begins to realize that life as he knows it is bound to change. Nothing stays the same. Couple this realization with his awakening feelings for his best gal-friend Mi-Su, and what we have is the makings of a novel chock full of teenage angst. However, Will’s confusion over his messed up life suddenly becomes clear when his pesky younger sister is involved in a terrible accident.
My Thoughts: This is classic Jerry Spinelli. When I saw this book on the new shelf at the library, I knew I had to read it. The protagonist, Will Tuppence, questions everything about his life in light of the fact that since scientists have recorded that even protons eventually decay, nothing about his life will last. He even begins to reckon his own days from the date of the first proton death. When he’s not thinking such grand metaphysical thoughts, he is wondering whether Mi-Su likes him or their best buddy, B.T., better. B.T. is a very Maniac Magee-esque character who lives a very unconventional life with an unconventional family. Will’s obsession with his relationship with Mi-Su comes to a screeching halt when his little sister, Tabby, is hurt in an accident, but of course, all’s well in the end. As with most of Jerry Spinelli’s books I’ve read, some of the characters are a little unbelievable, but nevertheless, they make for very interesting reading.