"Give me a dollar or I'll spit on you."..Meet Bradley Chalkers. He's the oldest child in the class. He tells ENORMOUS lies. He picks fights with girls. The teachers say he has 'serious behaviour problems'. And no one likes him Except Carla, the new school counsellor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is believing in yourself...A heartwarming story of isolation, bravery and acceptance from the bestselling author of Holes, Louis Sachar.
Now that I've established that this book is intended for guys only, no doubt I will be accused of being politically incorrect. Oh well. I want you guys to know that I am not some overpriced, pipe -smoking psychologist or some world-renowned family therapist full of himself.
So I'm definitely not one of those "pretty boy" types who seems to have the "golden touch" when it comes to getting women, and who is willing to share his secrets. I'm certainly not rich, nor was I born with a "silver spoon" in my mouth, as was the guy who offered security to the woman I loved and lost. NO..... I'm just an average, hard working guy, probably just like you. I love to BBQ, camp, watch the Yankees beat up on the Dodgers, fix cars and drink ice cold beer. And oh yeah...I love being in love with a woman. Let's face it...we are lost without them.
I've spent years paying attention and listening to women complain about their unromantic boyfriends and husbands, and an equal amount of time hearing those same boyfriends and husbands complain about their women constantly nagging them to be more romantic. You see, I was a bartender for half of my adult life, from New York to California. From woodchuck bars in the Catskill Mountains serving Genesee Ale, to the ocean front "rich and famous" martini bars in California. Over piNa coladas in Miami and margaritas in Arizona, the complaints I heard were identical. After five years I started taking notes; after ten years of hearing the same complaints from all sides of social and economic situations, I realized one outstanding common trait: