The book Finding the Worm by Mark Goldblatt is about a 13-year-old boy about to have his bar mitzvah named Julian Twerski. This is a sequel to Goldblatt’s first novel “TWERP”. This time instead of getting bullied he is being accused of something he didn’t do. His school principal thinks he scratched his name into a painting and wants a two hundred-word essay about good citizenship for his punishment. Julian doesn’t’t want to do it because it would be like admitting he did it.
Meanwhile, outside of school, he has other problems. His friend Quentin is very sick with a brain tumor, and they don’t know if he will survive. Also on top of that, Beverly Segal a girl who Julian likes, won’t stop bugging him about racing her. He knows he would win and doesn’t want to make her feel bad. As the story gets longer you can’t wait to find out what happens.
This book uses 6th grade language and 5th grade ideas. For example, Julian says “If people who did good things got good stuff, and people who do bad things always got struck by lightning, and that’s how life worked every single time, then no one would ever do bad things. And if people who only do good things do them because they don’t want to get zapped by lightning, they’re doing good things for the wrong reason. They would only do good things because it would be stupid to do a bad thing. It’s not a real test.” This kind of writing made the book fun to read.
I really liked this book because it was not boring and it was very realistic. Goldblatt made this book super funny and interesting. Plus there are some life lessons here that will stay with you forever. This is one intriguing novel.