Grendel's Guide to Love and War

Grendel's Guide to Love and War

A.E. Kaplan / Oct 22, 2020

Grendel s Guide to Love and War The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds in this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door but ends up falling for his enemy s sister and uncovering difficult t

  • Title: Grendel's Guide to Love and War
  • Author: A.E. Kaplan
  • ISBN: 9780399555541
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds in this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for his enemy s sister and uncovering difficult truths about his family in the process.Tom Grendel lives a quiet life writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors, and pining for Willow, a girl next doorThe Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds in this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for his enemy s sister and uncovering difficult truths about his family in the process.Tom Grendel lives a quiet life writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors, and pining for Willow, a girl next door who rejects the manic pixie dream label But when Willow s brother, Rex the bro iest bro ever to don a jockstrap , starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens community where they live is transformed into a war zone Tom is rightfully pissed his dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD so he comes up with a plan to end the parties for good But of course, it s not that simple.One retaliation leads to another, and things quickly escalate out of control, driving Tom and Willow apart, even as the parties continue unabated Add to that an angsty existential crisis born of selectively reading his sister s Philosophy 101 coursework, a botched break in at an artisanal pig farm, and ten years of unresolved baggage stemming from his mother s death and the question isn t so much whether Tom Grendel will win the day and get the girl, but whether he ll survive intact.

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    1. This was a quirky fun debut novel. Tom Grendel is spending his summer break mowing lawns to save money for his college fund and interviewing old ladies so he can collect their stories before they are lost forever. Tom and his Dad live in a neighbourhood mostly populated by old ladies, which suits his Dad, an army major suffering for PTSD, just fine. When a new family moves in next door following a marriage breakup and the mother, a journalist is sent interstate to cover a disaster, the teenagers [...]



    2. 2.5 stars. This loose modernization of Beowulf started out really strong! The basic idea is that Grendel's neighbors keep throwing loud parties that disturb his father (who has PTSD from the Iraq war). His dad invents a reason to go to Florida while Grendel proceeds to get revenge on the neighbors who refuse to stop their noise. He's also pursuing the sister of the guy throwing those parties, so complications arise there.Grendel's narration was hilarious at first! I definitely laughed out loud i [...]


    3. This was such a refreshing read. The narrative was really wonderful and the characters really made this book special. Grendel's Guide to Love and War started off great. Even from the first few pages, I really loved it. I don't often find books that made me laugh out loud but Grendel's Guide did. The first or second chapter had me laughing like crazy. The main character, Tom Grendel, was so well written and such a wonderful person. His father is a veteran and suffers from PTSD and Tom was so will [...]


    4. I’m not sure how to describe “Grendel’s Guide to Love and War.” It isn’t as deep as it could be, considering Tom Grendel has a very difficult life, including a father suffering from severe PTSD. Yet it does evoke quite a few emotions by just skimming the surface of the issues he’s dealing with. It is also hilarious. Laugh out loud hilarious. If you’re looking for a fast read with a bit of an emotional roller coaster, give it a try.This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary [...]


    5. This books was so much fun. I laughed out loud several times. If you have ever spent a sleepless night listening to bass pound through the wall and plotting revenge on the neighbors, this book is for you! Grendel and his best friend Ed (my new most favorite best friend in all of YA) come up with the most ingenious ways to stop the late night parties next door, only to have them backfire spectacularly (and hilariously). The relationships between all the quirky characters feel very real, and you w [...]


    6. If you're a fan of John Hughes and all of the fantastic teenage posses of the 1980's then you're going to want to read this GRENDEL'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND WAR. Set in the present day, Tom Grendel, his best friend Ed, and Tom's crush Willow, get into mischief and mayhem, and I enjoyed every second.Tom and his dad live in a quiet neighbor that's primarily populated by elderly folk. This works out perfectly for Tom's dad, an Iraqi war vet, whose PTSD is less likely to be triggered in this usually pea [...]



    7. "Tom no," Zip said. "Tom," I said, "yes."* * * * *5 / 5This book managed to be a hilarious, witty, endearing and slightly heartbreaking page turner all at once. I was thoroughly impressed. This book had such a solid main cast from Tom Grendel himself, lawn mower and interviewer of old ladies, to his wild actress sister Zip, best friend Ed, and unruly teenagers next door, Willow and Rex (bro-iest bro ever to bro). It also managed to be so lighthearted and genuinely funny whilst touching on some s [...]


    8. 2.8 stars. Ugh I really wanted to like you Tom Grendel.In short, I felt nothing while reading this book. I really don't know how to explain it but I wasn't a bit interested in the story or the characters, I guess I just kept reading because I was waiting for something to happen or surprise me.I only finished it because the last part was kind of"nice" let's say, and I wanted to know how it ended having gotten that far.


    9. Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the CloudsThis was such a nice surprise! This is one of those books I requested on Netgalley impulsively because it sounded good and like something I might enjoy. I didn't really expect much of it but I was thrilled when I got approved. So I started reading it and then I ended up loving it quite a bit. I do love it when that happens. Though this might not be a new super-favorite and it didn't really wow me or anything, I still enjoyed it a whole lot. So let's ge [...]


    10. *4.5/5 starssometimes you find some great books from places you don’t expect, and that’s what this book was for me! i noticed it on the shelf of my local library after we had just finished a unit on beowulf & also grendel by john gardner, so i was drawn to the title instantly & picked it up on a whim. i really enjoyed it actually! it was humorous & intelligent, & kind of reminded me of a john green novel which i was definitely in the mood for after recently finishing turtles [...]


    11. ****ARC provided in exchange for an honest review***A modern adaptation of Beowulf. Grendel's Guide to Love and War was a tough read for me. The description sounded quirky and interesting. Sadly I made it to about 69% and struggled to want to know how it will all end. Written with a younger audience in mind, the well written high jinx and endless pranks would definitely appeal more to an adolescent male audience. Which delights me all the same, since most teen/young adult books seem to be writte [...]


    12. This book is the kind of book that John Green's books try to be. It is touching and thoughtful without being pretentious, the humor is hilarious, the family dynamics are complex and authentic, and to top it all off this book took one of my most hated book assignments in high school English (Beowulf) and retold it in the best way possible. I love a good villain story, but in this modern retelling Grendel isn't a murderous monster at all. He's an awkward teenage boy who's good at playing pranks on [...]


    13. Excellent YA novel. Full of Beowulf references. I am not a Beowulf scholar, but I really liked all the characters and the way they dealt with their problems.


    14. This is definitely a unique story! Tom is an interesting character, though what I liked best about him was simply that most of his close friends were just old widows whom he sort of looked after, and he definitely gets up to some strange antics in what has to be the most intense prank war of all time. What I would have liked to see more of was his relationship with his father - I mean, his dad is one of the most interesting characters in the book, and he disappears for more than half of it - and [...]


    15. Quirky and hilarious, though I feel like it got a bit old by the end. Also, I really wasn't a fan of the running gag with Zip and Ed.


    16. (Read as an ARC.)Aw geez, rip my heart in pieces why don't you? I crushed on Tom Grendel from page 1 and still miss him a few days after reading (is that gross? I'm waaay older than Zip). Such a great (and funny) story about memories and healing- I finished it just before 9/11 and all the newspapers were printing stories about families finding healing several years later, and Kaplan's book was so in-line with those experiences. Nailed it. Brava.


    17. This book had me laughing out loud - a lot - and feeling a tug at my heart - a lot. Tom Grendel. What a guy. And what a story, with quirky, memorable characters. So much humor and wit and the sadness of loss and memory - Tom's summer and his quest to not only shut down the shenanigans next door but to work his way through his grief will stay with me for a long time.


    18. *3.5 stars* There were so many parts of this book that I enjoyed that I would've rated this higher had it not been for the parts that irked me. Tom Grendel is such an interesting character who is constantly seeking to know people on a deeper level, refusing to just skim the surface. He spends a great deal of his free time interviewing his elderly neighbours not as a school project, like many often assumed, but as a means of capturing the stories and memories of people who won't be around much lo [...]


    19. **I received this as an egalley from Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**This book was funny, heart-warming, and all too real at times, making for a great story that was fun to read and made you think all the same. A strongly modernized retelling of Beowulf from Grendel's point-of-view, this book follows Tom Grendel who falls into a prank war with his neighbor in an attempt to stop the music-blaring parties that are triggering his father's post-Iraq PTSD. In fact, I didn't even realize th [...]


    20. "No matter how much I wanted to ignore the situation, I couldn't forget: there were more important things than what I wanted.'It means,' I said, 'that I am about to own Rex Rothgar.''What do you have in mind?'Boldness. Brilliance. Manliness.I said, 'Guile.'"Tom Grendel lives in a neighborhood of senior citizens, where he finds simple pleasure in doing lawn work and interviewing the elderly community about their lives.Sounds like a blast, I know, but the summer has different plans.Willow Rothgar, [...]


    21. This was incredibly fun, thoughtful, energetic and quirky. It's everything you want from a good YA book: hints of Catcher in the Rye with none of the terrible slowness but definitely some of the introspective moments (only with LOTS of humor), diverse and unique characters making and breaking relationships and coming to grips with themselves, their place in the world, and the meaning of love and memory.Based loosely on Beowolf (something I learned from the author's note, not knowing more than th [...]


    22. This book deserves ALL the stars!First, let's talk about this whole Beowulf thing. I honestly knew NOTHING about this book when I started reading it - I didn't even read the official blurb until after the fact. I requested it from NetGalley because as a school librarian I request every single middle grade and YA title and sample a gazillion of them, only finishing the ones that grab me within the first chapter or so. This one grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. I laughed and I cried, sometimes si [...]


    23. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds in the description intrigued me with this one, but I didn't really get much of either from it honestly. "What is the point of this?" what my thought through most of the book, and I just didn't really enjoy it. Good aspects of the book got buried in the prank business going on, and the book just lost me early on and never caught me. I e [...]


    24. I found myself laughing at a few parts and lines in this book. The fued between Tom Grendel and Rex and Wolf was fun but also annoying at the same time. I found myself on Toms side, really wanting the parties to stop. I felt so bad for Toms dad having to deal with loud noise especially since he moved to that elderly community for the quiet to help with his PTSD. With all that, I found the characters lacking. I feel like I didn't really know any of them until near the end, and barely. I got why T [...]


    25. I had very mixed feelings about this book. I adored the main character, enjoyed his voice, and really appreciated his observations particularly in the latter half of the book. I liked the interactions between the secondary characters and the depth of those characters as well. But the primary conflict and the means for resolving it fell flat for me. Also the central conceit, that we were getting Beowulf from the monster's lens, didn't work for me since Tom Grendel never seemed like much of a thre [...]


    26. I really loved this book. The story was a simple tale of a young boy trying to make his way in the world, but there was so much depth in its simplicity. I think many modern YA authors try to overdo it by writing about current issues or trendy topics. They fail to understand that, while these novels are important, we also need stories that transcend time. A.E. Kaplan creates a timeless coming of age story in Grendel's Guide to Love and War. I laughed, I got angry, I felt emotional. I'm not going [...]


    27. How can you not love Tom Grendel? Haha. This one got me laughing so hard. Grendel's guide is a refreshing one. Knowing one's grief is hard but everything was made lighter because of the characters and the comical narration.


    28. I guess I never feel more invested in a character than when they are plotting the comeuppance of dbag entitled white dude neighbor Youths Ruining The Neighborhood!


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