Life was good to fifteen-year-old Danny Roberts. He was a model student, playing violin in his high school orchestra and earning straight A’s on the fast track to university. But then things went very wrong very fast. The problems started when a teacher wouldn’t let Danny out of class to go to the bathroom – even though he said “I’ve really got to go!”
Danny responded by defying authority for the first time in his life. That shocking act of defiance earned him a suspension, and Danny’s troubles snowballed from there. But Danny isn’t your typical student, and he doesn’t take his lumps lying down. He fights back on his terms as he plots a course through uncharted waters.
There are two books with the title Plan B, this one, by Steven Verrier happens to be a young adult novel. Danny is a bright and courteous student however after the incident in English class, Medford High School views Danny as nothing short of deviant. Danny and his parents try to speak rationally with the teachers, principal and even the school board to no avail. Rather than giving up, Danny proceeds to excel at everything he does outside of Medford. While Plan B has a positive message, several aspects of the novel were unrealistic and for me to delve into them would be providing spoilers. One I can mention is why Danny’s parents chose to keep Danny’s younger brother Dale in the same school that was so horrifically irresponsible and impossible to deal with. I do not usually read young adult novels so I cannot speak intelligently on how Plan B compares to other young adult novels, however, I would think this novel may be of more interest to boys than girls, however I cannot be certain.
Steven Verrier, born in the United States and raised in Canada, has spent much of his adult life living and traveling abroad. Publications include Plan B (Saga Books, 2010), Tough Love, Tender Heart (Saga Books, 2008), Raising a Child to be Bilingual and Bicultural (Hira-Tai Books of Japan), and several short dramatic works (Brooklyn Publishers, USA). Currently he is living with his wife, Motoko, and their five children in San Antonio, Texas.
For more information, please visit his website.
Steven Verrier’s Plan B Virtual Book Tour 2010 began July 6th and will end on July 30th. You can visit Steven’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the month of July to find out more about this great book and talented author!
I received a complimentary copy of Plan B by Steven Verrier from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.