A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay.
Phil is a husband, a father, a struggling radio producer, and the owner of a large condo with a view of the water. But he'd like to be a rebel and a fortune hunter.
Gwen is his daughter. She's fourteen. She's a student, a swimmer, and a best friend. But she'd like to be an adventurer and an outlaw.
Phil teams up with his young, attractive assistant. They head for the open road, attending a conference to seal a deal.
Gwen teams up with a new, fierce friend and some restless souls. They head for the open sea, stealing a boat to hunt for treasure.
We Are Pirates is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives.
Also, it's about a teenage girl who pulls together a ragtag crew to commit mayhem in the San Francisco Bay, while her hapless father tries to get her home.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Daniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs, and Why We Broke Up. As Lemony Snicket, he is responsible for many books for children, including the thirteen-volume sequence A Series of Unfortunate Events and the four-book series All The Wrong Questions. He is married to the illustrator Lisa Brown, and lives with her and their son in San Francisco.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I love the premise of this story – that a teenage girl steals a boat and becomes a pirate on San Francisco Bay. Having grown up there, I can see the appeal of boarding a boat and just sailing off into the horizon. I was immediately drawn to Gwen, her alter ego, Octavia, and their teenage angst. Her parents embarrass her and her best friend steals the boy she likes. She soon finds a new friend and together they decide they need adventure, to find a place where their parents can’t tell them what to do. Gwen at times appeared cold and callous (“… it was better to leave blood than wish it had been spilt.”), at others she seemed motherly and nurturing, such as when she helped Errol pick raisins out of his cereal. This seems diametric for a character but it also represents a teenage girl more accurately than a lot of other authors seem to depict them. Phil, Gwen’s father, was the typical teenage nightmare. He cared and wanted to be her friend. He made her toast with honey. Dear God, what was he thinking?!? But the moment he finds out she’s missing, he does everything he can to get back to San Francisco and find her. The thing I liked about Phil was that he seemed like a normal father. He had stress from his job and from money, trying to make his business partner happy and trying not to have inappropriate thoughts about his new assistant. This book has several revelations that come forth, which I just loved. It’s like opening up a Cracker Jack box and pulling out the toy surprise (although by time I came around the toy was always a joke book). Some of these revelations are about the book or the storyline, but some of the revelations were a bit more personal, about me and my own psyche. The first chapter of the book seemed a little off though. While it set up the story, it didn’t really have a place within the story. I did like the ending – it wasn’t quite what I expected, which is not always a bad thing. There is a motley crew of characters and I loved that Handler offered up small snippets of what happens to them after this book – because sometimes you just have to know. Favorite Quote: “I was Singapored.” “Shanghaied.” “I knew it was a city …”
When I was offered this book I jumped at the chance to review this book. I am a fan of the Lemony Snicket books and so was excited to read a book by this author for adults. I listened to the Audible production of the book. I must say that Jonathan Todd Ross did an AMAZING job of bringing this story to life with his voice. There are 2 young girls an elderly gentleman, several adult males, and adult females. Ross uses his voice masterfully though out this book. bringing each character his or her own sound thus never losing the listener. That is super important when listening to an audio book. The story is a little slow to get going. I find this to be true of all stories that really develop the psyche of the characters. Handler is no different. Where he is different is in how he weaves surprises into the story to trickle out rather than have them all happen at the end. I really liked the way this story developed and the pace. I found my self looking for a quite place to listen. I didn't want to be interrupted even for a minute. Each time you think you know what is about to happen Handler surprises you with a better story.
It was so cool i loved it