Peak By Roland Smith

I would recommend this book to a friend because it’s one of the better realistic fiction books I’ve read.  It was told in a very unusual manner, and you soon find out you are reading his writing project because he writes, “I decided to finish Moleskine #1 (which you are reading).”  It also has a great hook in the beginning, “I could see the busy street eight hundred feet below the sky scraper … when my head reached the top railing they hauled me up and cuffed my wrists.”  This book would be good for people who enjoy Everest or mountain books.  Having realistic fiction as a favorite genre would help too.

Peak is climbing a skyscraper (like he does) and is caught.  To avoid problems for everyone he leaves the country to go to his dad (Josh). Peak never really knew Josh, partially due to the fact that Josh lives in Tibet.  Josh surprises him by putting him on one of his Everest climbing teams, and he meets Sun-jo who is a free Tibetan.  After a while Peak learns that he is going to bring his dad’s company, Peak Experience, good publicity by being the youngest to summit, and that’s probably the only reason his dad brought him away from New York.  After a long time of acclimating, hard climbing, and Sun-jo being hunted by the Chinese government (they couldn’t have a free Tibetan summit), he finally makes it up the mountain.  He stops just short of the summit and let Sun-jo be the youngest to reach the top.  After that he wants to go home and arrives just in time for his and his two sisters (the Peas) birthday party.

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