Dented Cans is a touching and hilarious look at an odd family on an unforgettable family vacation. From a father who collects dented cans to a son who speaks only in sound effects, the Sampsons definitely aren't your average clan, but when a disastrous trip to Disney World reveals an old family secret, will they fall apart or become closer than ever? Funny and heartfelt, this is a novel you don't want to miss. Check it out now!
Name: Dented Cans
Rating: 4.4 stars over 33 reviews
Description: A family secret is revealed during an ill-fated—yet hilarious—trip to Disney World.
Sixteen-year-old Hannah Sampson knows her family is not what you would call normal. Her father compulsively buys dented cans and has a particular fondness for cans without labels, which are extremely discounted because their contents are a mystery. Her mother takes countless pictures of her family and then glues them down into the pages of her scrapbooks, but does not allow anyone to look at them. Ryan, Hannah's mischievous fourteen-year-old brother, is headed straight for the remedial track at the local community college, if he’s lucky. Ben, her eight-year-old brother, is a walking sound effects machine, who prefers to communicate with noises rather than words. While Hannah is focused on escaping her working-class Connecticut suburb, she also finds herself being tugged back home as she worries about her brother Ben.
Hannah’s parents inflict one last family vacation on the Sampson children, a trip that goes comically wrong almost from the get-go. Hannah is forced to confront her family's past in Disney World, of all places, when an emotional argument prompts her parents to disclose a secret they have been keeping from the children for sixteen years. Ultimately, she must decide whether to leave her hometown and not look back, or to focus on helping her family.
Reviews: "This book is a must-read! Thoughtful, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, Dented Cans paints a family portrait that you can't look away from. Hannah Sampson's story is a coming-of-age tale without being formulaic or predictable, and her well-crafted voice pulls you in and makes it impossible to turn away."
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