I HATE COMPANY by P.J. Petersen


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Dan (I Hate Camping, 1991, etc.) puts up with long-term guests in the small apartment where he and his mother live: Mom's old friend Kay (a smoker -- bleah!) and her irrepressible three-year-old son, Jimmy. Kay, reeling from a divorce, needs to crash there until she finds a job, which could take forever in this job market. Desperate to get his privacy back, Dan ""helps"" her job search and nearly blows it -- but he inadvertently wins her the right job in the end. The young narrator's voice sounds authentic, but his take on the world just doesn't ring true: The toddler never seems as obnoxious nor the adults as obtuse as Dan claims. Instead we have a bland, predictable plot with mild conflicts, watered-down dangers, and pat resolutions -- a pity, considering what serious family issues it touches (or only grazes). And it isn't even very funny -- four or five chuckles at most. It's hard enough to get boys this age to read: This won't do the trick.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1994
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Dutton