Saturday, March 30, 2019


Book: Slider
Author: Pete Hautman

David can eat an entire sixteen-inch pepperoni pizza in four minutes and thirty-six seconds. Not bad. But he knows he can do better. In fact, he'll have to do better: he's going to compete in the Super Pigorino Bowl, the world's greatest pizza-eating contest, and he has to win it, because he borrowed his mom's credit card and accidentally spent $2,000 on it. So he really needs that prize money. Like, yesterday. As if training to be a competitive eater weren't enough, he's also got to keep an eye on his little brother, Mal (who, if the family believed in labels, would be labeled autistic, but they don't, so they just label him Mal). And don't even get started on the new weirdness going on between his two best friends, Cyn and HeyMan. Master talent Pete Hautman has cooked up a rich narrative shot through with equal parts humor and tenderness, and the result is a middle-grade novel too delicious to put down.-Goodreads
Review: After accidentally charging $2k to his mother's credit card, David decides to use his talent to win the $ back. His talent? Eating. David enters a pizza eating competition. 

As someone who loves pizza and used to joke about entering a competition like this in college, I really enjoyed this book. In addition to learning about competitive eating (the preparation was fascinating), this book explored friendship and families. This was a very enjoyable read and I loved David, especially his relationship with his younger brother. 

Grade: 4/5

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