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Outwardly, I tout girl power I tell my nieces, and other young ladies, that girls can do anything that boys can do There is equality In truth though, I ve always been a bit jealous of boys Growing up, it seemed that boys just had it easier, specifically in their friendships Guys appear to be so comfortable with one and other, in a very real way Buddies may disagree, argue, and even throw down but, at the end of the day, the rapport is still strong I don t know how realistic my vision o Outwardly, I tout girl power I tell my nieces, and other young ladies, that girls can do anything that boys can do There is equality In truth though, I ve always been a bit jealous of boys Growing up, it seemed that boys just had it easier, specifically in their friendships Guys appear to be so comfortable with one and other, in a very real way Buddies may disagree, argue, and even throw down but, at the end of the day, the rapport is still strong I don t know how realistic my vision of boys being boys really is, but Why We Took the Car gives me hope that I was spot on An unlikely friendship, a stolen jalopy and an impromptu road trip made for an exciting tale At a blush, Mike Tschick could not bedifferent Tschick, poor, with no discernible adult supervision, whose young life has been filled with alcohol and petty crime, appears to enjoy being alone Mike, on the opposite end of the spectrum, outwardly has it all An outsider peering in would see a rich kid, with both parents tucked cozily beneath one very fancy roof Looks are often deceiving.Mike wasthan surprised when bad boy Tschick tries to befriend him, largely because Mike sports a really cool thrift store jacket, styling a white dragon across the chest Feigning disinterest does not deter Tschick he is relentless Without understanding exactly why, Mike stops ignoring him and a tentative foundation for solidarity begins to take shape Before he can fully comprehend and digest the potential repercussions Mike amazes himself by agreeing to a vacation with his new pal Prepared with only a vague plan, a stolen car and a few bucks the young criminals begin their adventure.Their road trip is packed with colourful characters, mini adventures, and a gradual growth of genuine fondness between the boys While the encounters are exciting, intriguing and fun they weren t my absolute favourite part of the story Rather, the subtle message that sometimes, the people you choose to love areimportant than the ones you are expected to love resonated with me Almost as importantly, my ideal boy friendship was cemented as the implausible companions slowly reveal secrets truths of challenging lives Their new bond never breaks, it only grows stronger.This distinctive book was an enjoyable read on a couple of levels The writing is powerful when I first started this book, I found myself reading very quickly, because I felt like Mike was talking very fast It is always delightfully surprising when a book sets my reading pace A fabulous plot complete with unique characters and raw emotion make this a book that I will highly recommend, and in fact, I m sure it will be one that I read again I dont really know if 4 or 5 stars the story was great, the narrative also But the end somehow dissapointed mei wanted somethingpowerful butanyhow, i am now to Kasabian concert i liked it big recommendation Jack Kerouc for 14 year olds Carpe diem Two windmill fighters set out to find Don Quixote s idealistic spirit, and underneath a heap of outlandishly real crap, they find it Well, not quite But almost Maik has been taught by his parents that 99% of humanity is bad And considering his mum is an alcoholic who needs to leave her 14 year old son for a detox clinic over summer, and that his dad is a bankrupt business man who uses the occasion to leave as well, with his young assistant, they have a point His teachers have been saying the Two windmill fighters set out to find Don Quixote s idealistic spirit, and underneath a heap of outlandishly real crap, they find it Well, not quite But almost Maik has been taught by his parents that 99% of humanity is bad And considering his mum is an alcoholic who needs to leave her 14 year old son for a detox clinic over summer, and that his dad is a bankrupt business man who uses the occasion to leave as well, with his young assistant, they have a point His teachers have been saying the same, as have the news and everyone else around him.When Maik is not invited to his secret crush s summer party, and finds himself in the company of Tschick, his Russian classmate with a dubious family situation and a stolen car, he certainly has no reason to doubt that his parents and teachers are right The world seems 100% bad at that moment.And off they go, on a week long road trip They meet the strangest people, and have the weirdest adventures, ending up injured and caught by the police And yet, on that road trip, Maik notices, they only meet people of the 1% good kind If that is not a hopeful message to the world, what could possibly be better A wonderful, wonderful youth story that deservedly has the reputation of a true all age or crossover novel Recommended to those who like Holden Caulfield and Don Quixote, and to those who still believe that windmills can turn into beautiful dragons if you just see them in the right way Dragon riders A road trip tale that s high on crazy, testosterone, and juvenile delinquency, and low on passing judgement The prose is sometimes stilted possibly a flaw in translation , and the pacing is sometimes slow, but the climax is beautiful and I m always going to champion for celebrations of oddity.Give a copy to a teenager and then hide your car keys well. Until not all that long ago, there were basically only two kinds of German language fiction being published prettty much every released book fell either into the category of very cerebral, highly modernistic literary fiction, or that of trashy, iredeemably bad pulp, with all the huge middle ground between the two extremes being covered by translated books, mostly and rather unsurprisingly from the United States This has somewhat changed over recent years, and these days you can find German Until not all that long ago, there were basically only two kinds of German language fiction being published prettty much every released book fell either into the category of very cerebral, highly modernistic literary fiction, or that of trashy, iredeemably bad pulp, with all the huge middle ground between the two extremes being covered by translated books, mostly and rather unsurprisingly from the United States This has somewhat changed over recent years, and these days you can find German genre authors who write for readers withthan the minimum intelligence required to decipher a text, and litfic authors to whom the concept of reading for enjoyment is not utterly alien And sometimes you get a novel like Tschick which would have been impossible thirty years ago that is undoubtedly literary fiction but also is insanely fun to read, enjoyable on all kinds of levels, whether it s analysis of structure and imagery or or whether it s being swept away by a ripping good yarn.The main reason for Tschick s success artistically as well as commercially the novel was a bestseller in Germany lies, I think, in its narrative voice, that of fourteen year old Maik who relates events from a first person view Maik is your average awkward teenager, thinks of himself as boring and is in love with a girl from his class who barely knows that he exists But then a new guy is introduced, Tschick, the son of Russian immigrants and very much a social outsider Rather without intending to, Maik slides into a friendship with Tschick who one day stands at his door with a stolen car, and before Maik quite knows what is happening, the two of them are on their towards Wallachia where supposedly Tschick s grandfather lives.What then follows is a riff on simultaneously road movie, Bildungsroman and quest romance, a wild and hugely entertaining ride through Eastern Germany in the course of which encounter all sorts of bizarre characters while discovering both themselves and each other It is a very hard thing to do, but Wolfgang Herrndorf manages to exactly hit the note of a fourteen year old s voice, giving his narrator just enough jargon and attitude to make him sound his age, but never so much as to make it come across as obtrusive and unconvincing The novel is funny without being forced, touching without being sentimental, and while the story unfolds in what is quite recognisably present day Germany it is never simply realistic at least not in the sense of depicting things just as they are as realism is still most commonly understood The narrative often has a dreamlike feel about it, sometimes peaking into the outright surreal, but it is always somewhat larger than life, as if common reality was not quite sufficient to hold Maik, Tschick and the people they encounter on their trip.And while Wolfgang Herrndorf does not gloss over the bleakness of the East German Maik and Tschick travers in their stolen car, and does not serve the reader a facile happy ending, when all is said done, Tschick is not only a very funy and highly entertaining novel, but also a rather hopeful one summarised neatly by the narrator at the end when he reflects that he has always been told how people are bad, and even though this might be true of 99% of everyone, he and Tschick on their journey enountered almost exclusively the one percent that was not bad There is some melancholy in this, but also no small amount of optimism and I d wager most readers will close this novel with a smile on their face and think back on it fondly i looked up at the stars extending out into incomprehensible infinity and was somehow frightenedI read a lot of books, especially teen fiction if there s roadtrip novel out there, I will find it and I will read it but no novel has wrapped itself around my heart just as much as Why We Took The Car has I ll admit, it s half past nine at night and I started reading a mere few hours ago, and I ve been a sobbing mess for about twenty minutes now To be honest, I don t know how exactly toi looked up at the stars extending out into incomprehensible infinity and was somehow frightenedI read a lot of books, especially teen fiction if there s roadtrip novel out there, I will find it and I will read it but no novel has wrapped itself around my heart just as much as Why We Took The Car has I ll admit, it s half past nine at night and I started reading a mere few hours ago, and I ve been a sobbing mess for about twenty minutes now To be honest, I don t know how exactly to review this All I know is, this is one that I ll be thinking of for years to come This is, by far, the best book I have ever read Herrndorf pulls off the homosexual subtext really well and honestly, it makes the novel what it is Though I m almost three years older than Mike, it s not hard to relate to him and find a part of your fourteen year old self in a character like him.I highly recommend this to anyone who loves roadtrips, angsty teenagers, stolen cars, and loads of trouble Actually, everyone should read this Find yourself a copy and read the hell out of it right now, it ll be one of the best if not the best things you ll ever do |Free Pdf ♴ Tschick ⚖ Mutter in der Entzugsklinik, Vater mit Assistentin auf Gesch ftsreise Maik Klingenberg wird die gro en Ferien allein am Pool der elterlichen Villa verbringen Doch dann kreuzt Tschick auf Tschick, eigentlich Andrej Tschichatschow, kommt aus einem der Asi Hochh user in Hellersdorf, hat es von der F rderschule irgendwie bis aufs Gymnasium geschafft und wirkt doch nicht gerade wie das Musterbeispiel der Integration Au erdem hat er einen geklauten Wagen zur Hand Und damit beginnt eine Reise ohne Karte und Kompass durch die sommergl hende deutsche Provinz, unvergesslich wie die Flussfahrt von Tom Sawyer und Huck Finn This was so great a book I especially liked the Finnish translation though it had some odd moments, but overall wonderful Herrndorf writes his main characters so unbelievably real, sarcastically funny and believable as pre teens In a way I saw myself in Maik at that age and I had many hilarious moments with the book because of it.I wanted to give the book five stars, but to that I would ve wanted to knowabout Tschick I think Herrndorf pulled the gay part well, but I just wish he wou This was so great a book I especially liked the Finnish translation though it had some odd moments, but overall wonderful Herrndorf writes his main characters so unbelievably real, sarcastically funny and believable as pre teens In a way I saw myself in Maik at that age and I had many hilarious moments with the book because of it.I wanted to give the book five stars, but to that I would ve wanted to knowabout Tschick I think Herrndorf pulled the gay part well, but I just wish he would ve told about itsame goes with Tschick as a person too I do understand that we see things through Maik and if he doesn t know, we don t either For me it was hard to understand Tschick as he seems to be an auxiliary in the story where he s supposed to be the other main character The ending was great except for the fact that Herrndorf ditched Tschick too conveniently I wanted a conclusion of some sort for Maik and Tschick I wanted them to have a grand finale friendship wise I m sad I didn t get it.Either way, Herrndorf is a talented writer and the text flow is amazing Hardly ever have I read so great a book for young adults I want to read , Mr Herrndorf Mike Klingenberg and Andrej Tschichatschow a.k.a Tschick are very unpopular and considered by their peers to be rather weird When neither is invited to the fabulously popular girl s birthday party, who Mike is seriously crushing on, both boys decide to forget it all and go on a wild road trip across Germany They make bad decisions, meet interesting people, and are eventually arrested What seems like a great story actually falls very short Though this book won the German Youth Literature Awa Mike Klingenberg and Andrej Tschichatschow a.k.a Tschick are very unpopular and considered by their peers to be rather weird When neither is invited to the fabulously popular girl s birthday party, who Mike is seriously crushing on, both boys decide to forget it all and go on a wild road trip across Germany They make bad decisions, meet interesting people, and are eventually arrested What seems like a great story actually falls very short Though this book won the German Youth Literature Award, it was difficult for this reader to understand why Perhaps the better part of the story was lost in translation, but there were still plenty of rambling, stream of consciousness moments and lots of pointless swearing The main character, Mike, is very unlikable and has a bitter, sarcastic attitude throughout the book Part of what makes a story excellent is the protagonist s growth at the conclusion In this case, not much growth was visible Not recommended Really enjoyed this German coming of age story it s well written and Mike the 14 year old narrator is a really nice guy and totally enjoyable to listen too I ve read a number of these kinds of books as part of my job, and usually enjoy the young persons story about their life, insufferable parents school teachers friends etc, but they are have all been from NZ, Australia, England or the USA, so nice to get an idea of life for European teens Not a lot different from others but enough inter Really enjoyed this German coming of age story it s well written and Mike the 14 year old narrator is a really nice guy and totally enjoyable to listen too I ve read a number of these kinds of books as part of my job, and usually enjoy the young persons story about their life, insufferable parents school teachers friends etc, but they are have all been from NZ, Australia, England or the USA, so nice to get an idea of life for European teens Not a lot different from others but enough interesting things happen that just make it a little bit different too It s a great yarn about a road trip that goes wrong in many ways, but becomes a life changing adventure that hurtles Mike hilariously along the road to becoming a grown up I think teens will really enjoy it will find out when I start asking them to try it