By: Gary Paulsen
Point of View
Problem and Solution
Tina is very nice and she talks to Kevin almost every day. Tina is Cash's helper that shows him around and helps him to know everyone. Tina already kinda knows Kevin likes her but are Tina's feelings the same?
Kevin's nickname is Kev, which mostly everyone calls him that at school including his mom and dad and some of his neighbors. Kevin has a crush on Tina but then Cash comes and Kevin has to win Tina's heart before Cash does. The only thing stopping him from asking Tina out is himself because he is afraid Tina will say no, but will everything turn out alright for Kevin?
Cash is a new kid at Kevin and Tina's school and he also likes Tina. He is happy that Tina is his helper to show him around and tell him who everyone is. Cash does everything possible to keep Kevin and Tina apart, but does he do enough to stop Kevin and Tina from becoming boyfriend and girlfriend?
Guaranteed to be funny and awesome!
Meaningful Quotes from the Text
''I smelled love in the air.'' Which means there are people in the room that love each other.
Before Kevin asked Tina out he wanted to experience a date himself so he set up a romantic dinner for his mom and dad to gain some experience. Kevin made spaghetti and meatballs with strawberries and cookies for dessert. Then when his parents opened the front door he hid in the closet and watched them. But things didn’t go so good. Kevin’s pet cat jumped in the bowl of spaghetti and when dad swiped his hand to get the cat on the floor he spilled the spaghetti on the floor and Kevin forgot his dad was allergic to strawberries so his dads face turned red and the kitchen started on fire because Kevin forgot to turn the stove off. Dad grabbed one of mom’s great grandma’s rags to put the fire out but the rag started on fire too. Then Kevin looked around at the big mess. His first date experience - not so good.
Then Kevin asked his sister who told him ten rules not to do around girls. He listened to 3 of the rules, then wished he never asked his sister. The rules are - 1. Don’t say, your hair looks good ‘‘ TODAY ’’ because they might think you think their hair looked horrible yesterday. 2. Don’t give her a love letter, a love poem, give her flowers, or serenade outside her window because she might think you are weird and creepy. 3. Don’t think farts are funny after kindergarten. Kevin didn’t wait another second and ran out of the room into his room and he locked his door. Date experience #2 was a failure too, but he wasn’t going to give up!
Date experience #3 was the first success. He had the hockey and figure skating team go on a date and he gained a little info. Date experience #4 was he set up Goober, who was on the hockey team but he didn’t have a date so Kevin set kim up with his neighbor Betsy. This date was a success too. Kevin was going to ask Tina out at a party, but does his hard work pay off?