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The Great American Whatever
by Tim Federle


Overview - From the award-winning author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate and Better Nate Than Ever comes "a Holden Caulfield for a new generation" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review).

Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth.  Read more...


 
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Overview
From the award-winning author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate and Better Nate Than Ever comes "a Holden Caulfield for a new generation" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before--before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa...and before the car accident that changed everything.

Enter: Geoff, Quinn's best friend who insists it's time that Quinn came out--at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy--okay, a hot guy--and falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending--if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481404099
  • ISBN-10: 1481404091
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-17
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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Books > Young Adult Fiction > Performing Arts - Film
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
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BookPage Reviews

Stepping back into life after a family tragedy

Six months ago, Quinn Roberts had big plans: Inspired by the Coens and the Wachowskis, he was writing screenplays that his older sister helped to direct. But after his sister dies in a car accident, Quinn and his mom are mired in grief; she eats her feelings while he sleeps through his. When Quinn’s friend Geoff drags him to a college party and he meets a hot, older guy, things begin to shift. The Great American Whatever finds humor in life’s darkest moments.

Teenage Quinn is a delight, observant to a fault in service to his art and often hilarious. People from Quinn’s past resurface and are not what he remembers them to be, and his relationship with his best friend contains a whopping secret that nearly destroys it—yet both things help him to work through his sadness. (The hot guy doesn’t hurt, either.) 

Author Tim Federle (Better Nate Than Ever) has a fantastic ear for the in-jokes that develop between friends. His YA debut is a genuinely great American novel, with a love of cinema worn on its sleeve.

 

This article was originally published in the April 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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