Monday, January 23, 2017

The Big L Hotel by Sjoerd Kuyper

What do you do when you're winning your soccer championship and see your father collapse on the sidelines?  After he's in the hospital, you take over running the hotel, that's what.

Myrick Marketing and Media and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Kos is thirteen and he has two older sisters and one younger one.  His plans of the running the hotel don't pan out but neither do theirs.  It's especially bad when the debt collectors show up and they only have a number of days to make enough money to meet the debt.  It's hard to do that without paying guests.

This is written for middle grade students and it's a silly read.  The youngest girl puts a box on her skateboard and scoots up and down the bar serving drinks.  The older girls have just acquired boyfriends.  Their cook is an odd guy.  Everybody has quirks, that's what makes you laugh.

When the youngest girl comes back from beach, she brings up a soccer team who needs a place to stay.  They have no money but their coach will pay, so they let them stay.  His middle sister falls in love with one of them.

Kos is trying to let his own love know he cares but he doesn't know how to do it.  Everything he tries backfires.  He even gets all gussied to try to win a beauty contest with a prize of $5,000.  (They owe $7,000.)  That doesn't work either.

With all that's going wrong, it looks like they'll lose the hotel but when everyone comes together and works on saving it, they manage to come up with the money.  All's well that ends well but it's quite a trip getting there!

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