Dented Cans

The 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 migh call normal. Her father compulsively buys dented cans and has a particular affection for cans without labels, which are extremely discounted because their contents are a mystery. Her other 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 so, is a walking sound effects machine, who tend to communicate with noises rather than words. While Hannah is focused on escaping her working-class Connecticut suburb, she ofte inds herself being tugged back home as she orries about her brother Ben.

Hannah ’ s parents inflict one last family vacation on the Sampson children, a journe that goes comically wrong almost from the get-go. Hannah is forced to kill 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 ixteen years. However, she must decide whether to leave her hometown and not look awa, or to focus on helping her family.
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Dented Cans
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Published November 2nd 2012 by CreateSpace

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It ust as n't for me.My biggest overall problem with Dented Cans was that I just woul n't communicat with the main protagonist, Hannah.

I ca n't imagine leaving my hometown -- in some eird way, tha is where I belong.

Hannah does n't ppear to have any friends, and her nteractions with her family are awful.

I ould have iked to have een more character development in her family -- and more interaction.

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I found that the family did n't really so anything, they drug the children to Disneyworld even though they did n't ant to ge.

There was one giant secret that some members of this family were hiding, which I also found very strange that no one ad found out the secret before hand.

If the chance arose, I could only read other books by th write, I ust did n't appreciat this one.

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Looking into his nove, I decide ot hink I was looking to like it as ofte as I id.

I was pre-warned that it ha indeed th book entered on romance.

I totally love Hannah and her family.

Arroganc is my favorite form of communication, so I love it in my books.

( lol) Mom- quirky.

scrapbook ( i realize, not descriptive) Dad- quirky.

lol) Ryan- witty.

I mean thi book flowed eally well and the characters were individual and I fee like an excellent job was done to ge them stand out on their own in the story s when Hannah is no the main villai.

ot only was there no grammatical errors that I picked up on, but I learned SAT words from Hannah while I was reading.

Thi is nother part I loved- how the author incorporated SAT words and ut them in a tal.

( I et this because hat is how I learn words.

thi las stuf that would ave possible made this book better?

also I guess the end may have eemed like it wa a smidge less flow than the remainde of he memoir.

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family trip to Disney World?

I will be extremely cynical myself but as much as hat is th part of my personality, I have such a soft spot for all things Disney and happily ever after.

She as n't all bad though, she wa very great points as a protagonist.

While everyone is overpriced and yes, I expect that the reaso that Africa is not represented in EPCOT is a totally disgusting oversight, like the parents said, not everybody 's families get to com to Disney World.

I 'm sure a lot of people will enjoy the sarcastic observations about life, family and all things Disney but unfortunately his book and I did n't see eye to eye.

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And what family secret is about to be evealed? This was n interesting nsight into the Sampson family ’ s life, and warne me a lot of family vacations that we took when I was ounger, it did lack a little for a solid plotline though.Hannah was a pathetic and witty protagonist.

I did kno that going to Disney World was a little strange for this penny-picking, dented can buying, thrifty family though.

I could have expected them to go camping, or not go on holiday at all for that matter, so going to Disney World seemed a little out of character.This book was literally like stepping into someone else ’ s family for a while, and knowing what the dynamics of a different family are like.

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That is the one of thes books where I finish it and hink, " Did I read something different from everythin else who rated this 4 and 5 stars? " I felt it was ell written, it 's just that the story itself did nothing for me.Hannah Sampson, the protagonis of our tory, is 15 turning 16, the younges child in her family, and seems so full of herself in regards to her intelligence that she comes across as a snooty know-it-all.

He 's just sor of there for me throughout much of the book.Ben, Hannah 's youngest so, is 8, extremely quiet, makes sound effect noises rather than speaking in most ases, and is just ort of off.

It was made such a big deal by the writer and everybod else though, that I hought we coul learn something about his condition.Hannah 's parents are odd in their own ways.

parents decide to ake their kids to Disney World, much to Hannah and Ryan 's dismay- because they 've been there before.

Maybe it 's because I grew up in a large family where family vacations were few and far between and my parents did similar money saving things, but I hought the way these two kids acted was horrible.

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And it does n't seem like they know how to talk to each other.

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