Book Review: The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, by Josh Berk

dark_daysHow can a fat, deaf, high school boy be the new Hardy Boy? Well somehow, Will Halpin somehow manages to do it.
With his friends Hardy Boy-loving Devon Smiley and ex girlfriend Ebony, Will Halpin (or as he is known on IM, Hamburger Halpin) must find out who killed the somewhat popular football player Pat- whether it was the depressed prom queen, the sexy math teacher, or Pat’s jealous friends. Along the way, Will wants to see if he could find the ghost of coal miner that he was supposed to be named after.
While this book is a good mystery for teens, whether you like Nancy Drew or not, the mystery isn’t the main point of the book, since the murder doesn’t happen until halfway into the book. If I had to say what the main conflict is in the book, I would say that it’s the internal conflicts that happen inside of Will. All throughout the book, Will tries to find himself, since his old deaf friends hate him, his new classmates don’t want to be friends with him because he’s deaf and friends with weird Devon, he wants to confess to the beautiful Leigha and the hot police chick who knows sign language, and he’s trying to find out why his parents have never told him that he was named after a deaf coal miner.

All in all, this was a great book. It was super hilarious, it had a great mystery that actually made you think, there were references to Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, and makes you think differently of other people, whether they are popular or weird. However, there are a few things to take note of. Some of the content is slightly inappropriate, the characters find out some not so nice histories of other people, and the murderer’s motive is just plain sad.
Even so, I suggest that you give this book a try.
-Megan V., 8th grade

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