The Way It Works by William Kowalski
20 year old Walter Davis lives in his car since his mother’s death from cancer, having lost her job and health insurance after getting sick. Walter has earned an associate degree in business at a community college but is having a hard time finding a job. Without his mother’s income he can’t afford rent and sold all their furnishings for money to live on. He works hard to maintain a positive attitude, establish a routine and continue job hunting. He even starts dating the young woman at the postal center where he has a post office box and uses the computer. His luck runs out after his car is towed; he has to pawn his suit and briefcase and return to the shelter where he used to stay. By chance he comes up with an idea to find work, which makes him hopeful again. What I liked the most about this book is the character of Walter. He has had more than his share of bad luck, but he keeps trying to more his life in a fruitful direction, staying optimistic in the face of many challenges.
I kept reading this book when I should have been doing other chores at home because I wanted to know what would happen to Walter. This title is part of a new series called Rapid Reads, one of our favorite publishers. We have several other titles in this series, and are ordering more! You can find them by searching “Rapid Reads” as a series in our library catalog.
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson