May 11th, 2012 by Karen
You know how sometimes it takes a while to get into a book and you’re not sure if it’s going to get better but you figure you might as well stick with it a little longer to see? Well, reading The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander is NOTHING like that!
As soon as I met Mac on the very first page, I was hooked. Mac is no ordinary middle schooler; he’s like the godfather amongst his classmates — a fixer, a businessman who will help you out… for a price. Or a favor. And he runs his operation out of the fourth stall of a school bathroom — hence the book’s title.
When you first observe Mac doing his thing, everything is going great for him and his best friend (and business partner), Vince. But soon, Mac is a wanted man rather than being the one in charge — thanks to a little kid who comes to Mac for protection from an older sleazeball named Staples. (Why? I dunno.) Staples runs his own shadier and more violent operation in gambling and debt collection, and this spells a whole world of trouble for Mac and his associates.
How can Mac beat Staples and get back on top? Well, he has a plan, but let’s just say things get a whole lot worse before they get better… To find out how Mac involves the school bullies, sniffs out a rat, gets into a huge fight with Vince, and even entertains the idea of joining Staples’ crew — well, obviously you’ll just have to read the book!
Of course, if you’ve already read the book, leave a comment with your thoughts! I want to hear how you liked it, and your favorite parts!