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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
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Sidra Zimmerman5 Stars Out Of 5June 30, 2008Sidra ZimmermanAt seventeen-years-old, I could relate to this book in almost every way. It was fresh in the way that it was so bluntly honest I could hardly believe that it was written by Christian authors. When it comes to Christian teen literature, I so often run into disgusting clichs written by authors who have no idea who in the world there audience really is: a pain racked generation searching for Christ. It was real. Reality, though, is like fine wine, it won't appeal to children. I do know some Christians who prefer to hide from the world's troubles and pretend that they do not exist. This book would break that bubble. Even considering that though, I would require every Christian to read this book, if only to understand teenagers today.Bad Idea has cutting wit, realistic pessimism, and more than healthy dose of reality. As for it 'not appealing to this generation', I only have to say that this book so more applicable to this generation than any other piece of Christian teen literature Ive ever read. I salute the Hafer Brothers for this heart wrenching piece of work.
Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 29, 2007Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleI'll admit I'm conflicted about this book. I've worked with troubled kids for over 20 years so I know where the authors are coming from. The book was compulsively readable. The wit, sarcasm, and analogies were the most original and creative I've ever read. The authors clearly had insight into a troubled kid's head as well. <br /><br />I'm also a bit conflicted on the spiritual element because from reading this book you sort of get the impression that Griffin sees himself as a Christian, yet his thoughts don't seem to match up with how a truly spiritually regenerated person would view things. He seemed to have no hope at all so that didn't sit right with me. However, he did seem to understand grace more in the end, so something obviously happened to his heart to change his impression of a relationship with Christ.<br /><br />Some of the stuff in Bad Idea is truly LOL funny, but even when reading snippets to my two teenage sons, I could not get them interested in reading this book and they are the target audience! Some of the stuff seemed two thirty-something sounding in Griffin's thoughts, too. What 18 year-old knows what Billy Idol's fish hook snarl looks like? Or am I just out of touch with the pop culture of today? At any rate, I still recommend this book for a snappy read to someone who loves angst and works with troubled youth. I'm just not so sure I'd recommend it to troubled teens as a resource. Sure, they might also self-mutilate and can identify with Griffin's thought process, however, if they don't already self-mutilate I'd hate to think they had now just discovered a whole new way to hurt themselves via a Christian book. Make sense? I love edgy stuff, so I had to really sleep on this one before I put my thoughts down to be fair to the authors. I still want to read the sequel.
Tim Francovich5 Stars Out Of 5November 8, 2006Tim FrancovichRoad trip! That staple of teen drama! The ultimate adventure, especially if you're on the way to college for the first time with your best friend! Unless, of course, said road trip includes your father and his much-too-young fiance. Griffin Smith can't believe he got roped into doing this trip. Along the way from Kansas to California, he figures he can take a brief side trip and visit his mom the one who divorced his dad when she ran off with a mediocre novelist. With such messed-up parents, Griffin has found it necessary to punish himself when he goes wrong (since they're obviously too wrapped up in themselves to do it). Although he's active in the church youth group, Griffin has a secret life of extracurricular activities that he knows are wrong. Seeking to calm his conscience, Griffin hurts himself in punishment. With the close quarters of this road trip, however, there aren't exactly many opportunities to engage in the usual activities or punishment. Unable to continue his secret life, Griffin is faced with the ugliness of his real life and that of those around him. Along the way, he faces major surprises, an angry coyote or two, and more heartbreak than he ever expected. Bad Idea is written in a very easygoing style, reminiscent of Brad Whittington or Lisa Samson. Griffin's rambling narrative is great fun to read. In between his sardonic snipes and self-deprecating rants, Griffin comes across as someone who would be fun to know but someone who is genuinely hurting. The Hafer brothers know what they're talking about when it comes to working with teenagers, and it shows. Griffin's struggles are realistic and painful to read about. At the same time, there's plenty of humor to lighten things up and keep it from being too depressing. This is a terrific story both for teens and adults, but I think adults will get more out of it especially in understanding teens and how to help them. Highly Recommended.
Harriet Klausner5 Stars Out Of 5September 26, 2006Harriet KlausnerThe parents of eighteen years old Griffin Smith are divorced. His mom remarried Maxwell the Mediocre novelist; they live on a nonworking farm in Wyoming. His father is engaged to Rhonda the younger woman clich right out of a novel. The other member of Griffins extended family is his younger five year old brother. Everyone assumes Griffin has adjusted to separated parents living in two states, but he has not as they are too busy with their own troubles and rationalizations to truly care about him or realize he lives a secret life. Thus he disciplines himself quite harshly when he believes he has done something wrong like getting drunk.Now Griffin is heading to California to attend college. Dad insists on a road show consisting of Griffin, dad, the clich, the younger brother Cole, and the best friend Colby. All Griffin wants is to fly to Lewis College to meet his cross country teammates and his pen pal the Carrot, but instead will receive five life lessons while on this bad idea road show from his traveling companions who one turns out to be a Judah, his estranged mom, and most of all the angry coyote he ran over. BAD IDEA is a terrific coming of age tale starring an interesting teen who has big issues but neither of his parents seem aware that he has any problems. Griffin tells the tale of his escapades as he heads west and gains five lessons he will use as solace for the rest of his life starting with the coyote. Readers will empathize with him as he struggles with life and learns from his adventures. The story line is well written, often amusing, but always gripping, as Todd & Jedd Hafer provide deep messages inside a poignant tale of a troubled offspring of divorcees.Harriet Klausner
Located in: Town: KC, MO State: Slightly concussed
Submitted: January 08, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm just a hick writer who works in Missouri and writes in Kansas, sometimes vice versa, just to keep things interesting. I also like to run ridiculous distances, because when you do something that is both repetitive and painful, it feels really good when you stop.
What was your motivation behind this project? My brother Jedd and I just wanted to tell a good story, packed with real characters. We wanted to avoid formulas. In fact, we even developed a formula that would help us avoid formulaic writing. Ironic or hypocritical? You be the judge.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My brother and I are grateful for the people who have called Bad Idea "memorable, gritty, compelling, and edgy." We're especially grateful that most of the people who have dropped such adjectives aren't relatives or co-workers who owe us money.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Recording artists: Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jennifer Knapp, Nichole Nordeman, Aimee Mann, Tom Petty, and many others. Authors: Dostoevsky, John Irving, Anne Lamott, Cormac McCarthy, Richard Ford, and many others. Sources of inspiration: Caffeine, God, and "Uncle Ferd's Big Book o' Literary Devices."(Aforementioned sources not necessarily listed in order of importance.)
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'd like readers/listeners to know the meaning of life, the importance of true love, and the location of a really good Mexican restaurant close to them.