Antsy Does Time (Antsy Bonano #2)

Antsy Does Time (Antsy Bonano #2)
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September 18, 2008
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Fueled by friendship and sympathy, Antsy Bonano signs a month of his life over to his ?dying? classmate Gunnar Umlaut. Soon everyone at school follows suit, giving new meaning to the idea of ?living on borrowed time.? But does Gunnar really have six months to live, or is news of his imminent death greatly exaggerated? When a family member suffers a heart attack after donating two years to Gunnar, Antsy wonders if he has tempted fate by playing God. Fans of ?the Schwa? will welcome favorite and new characters in this wholly fresh tale, which is as touchingly poignant as it is darkly comical.

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Antsy certainly has a knack for befriending quirky characters. First there was The Schwa; now he's friends with Gunnar who might (or might not) have only six months left to live. In an effort to cheer Gunnar up, Antsy offers to donate a month of his own life to Gunnar--bringing Gunnar's life expectancy to seven months. Soon, all of Antsy's classmates want to donate months to Gunnar, and Antsy begins to act as Gunnar's agent (taking a time commission of course).

Funny and thought-provoking at the same time, Shusterman again presents an original novel with great characters. Some of the characters from The Schwa Was Here make cameos in this book--Mr. Crawley, Lexie, and of course Ira and Howie. We also got to see more of Antsy's family; Antsy's morbid humor almost creates a tragic scene with his mother, but turns out to be a hilarious bonding moment for the two of them.

I liked this better than The Schwa, and I think this can stand alone, but I'm glad I read The Schwa first.

Reprinted here with author's permission.
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