Sam has only 33 minutes until his butt gets kicked. Not only is his butt getting kicked but it is getting kicked by his former best friend Morgan. Sam is really smart (and really skinny), but Morgan is more of a jock and will definitely kick Sam’s butt in 33 minutes if Sam doesn’t come up with a plan. But even if Sam does come up with a plan, will he have to fight his best friend in the future?
33 Minutes by Todd Hasak-Lowy does not only look at the fighting ways of boys. It also looks at how sometimes friendships fall apart. Sam and Morgan have been best friends forever. However, things—sports, new friends, different hobbies—have separated them. Now they are both faced with the decision of where their friendship will stand. The author tells this story true to real life. Friendships are rarely black and white. Nor do they all of a sudden end. Sam and Morgan fade out over time and this is realistic to the middle school setting.
I really enjoyed this book for its realistic look at friendships, middle school, and fighting. I also saw the humor that really uplifts this book. There are wonderful drawings that are scattered through the books that also add humor and character. This the author’s first time writing a children’s book (he has written for adults previously). I hope he continues to write for children and brings us other realistic looks at the lives of middle -schoolers.