Thanks For The Trouble

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Tommy Wallach, the New York Times bestselling author of the “stunning debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) We All Looked Up, delivers a brilliant new novel about a young man who overcomes a crippling loss and finds the courage to live after meeting an enigmatic girl.

“Was this story written about me?”
I shrugged.
“Yes or no?”
I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty.
“It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said.
I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote on my palm.
I can’t, I wrote. Then, in tiny letters below it: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?

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.

From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.


  • ThanksForTheTrouble 01 Title

    Duration: 29s
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 02 My Love (Epigraph)

    Duration: 56s
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 03 Friday October 31

    Duration: 04min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 04 Perfect

    Duration: 05min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 05 Good Eggs and Bad Eggs

    Duration: 06min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 06 The Return of the Jedi

    Duration: 03min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 07 Story1

    Duration: 09min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 08 Simple Questions

    Duration: 03min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 09 MyFirstDateWithDrMilton

    Duration: 07min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 10 ComputerGamesAndInternetPornography

    Duration: 10min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 11 WhatIKnowAboutLove

    Duration: 03min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 12 ForeverTwentyOne

    Duration: 13min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 13 WhatYouDoAtAMovieTheater

    Duration: 03min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 14 KillingTimePart1

    Duration: 13min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 15 KillingTImePart2

    Duration: 08min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 16 AnEveningInEightDrinks

    Duration: 04min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 17 Drink1

    Duration: 01min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 18 Drink2

    Duration: 03min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 19 Drink3

    Duration: 04min
  • ThanksForTheTrouble 20 Drink4

    Duration: 02min
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