By Jackson Dickert
The Quest for the Golden Plunger is full of sarcasm, innuendos and misfits trying to out scout the other teams. The teens in Troop 99 have an agenda this year. They need to find the Golden Plunger – the prize is an all expense paid trip to the high-adventure camp later that summer. Each Adventure Ranger in Troup 99 wants another week together away from home before life takes them in different directions.
The characters all have nicknames like Ducky, Do-Over, Uncle Ruckus and Shovel to name a few. The usual teenage boy antics occur throughout the book. One of them falls for the nurse, one of the leaders has a bad attitude, there is a bully, smart guy and a younger Ranger who has to learn the ropes. Troop 100 has the precision of a military school along with a superior attitude and ex-military leader.
Life lessons are learned while in the woods. The characters learn who they can depend upon as well as who not to trust. There are a couple of twists in the book. One of which involves a character that basically makes a guest appearance which kind of confused me. The other twist was a surprise. That character added depth to the rest of the book, which I enjoyed.
If you are a fan of Bill Murray’s movies like Caddy Shack and Stripes, this book is for you. Sophomoric comedy with sexual innuendoes and potty humor reign supreme in The Quest for the Golden Plunger. The targeted audience is teen and young adult. I agree, but will caution allowing younger teens to read this as there are adult themes and adult humor liberally sprinkled throughout the story.
This is Jackson Dickert’s debut novel. Per his bio, he likes to make people laugh. Kudos to Mr. Dickert for writing a very funny book.
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman