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Publisher Comments:

ONE MISTAKE.  ONE BAD NIGHT.  ONE TOO MANY DRINKS.  A powerful and heartbreaking debut novel about a guy who had it all...until he drank that fifth beer and got into the car.
 
Frank Marder is a head, paralyzed from the neck down, and it's his fault.  He was drinking.  He was driving.  Now Frank can't walk, he can't move, he can't feel his skin.  He needs someone to feed him, to wash him, to move his body.
 
But if you ask most of the people who are posting on www.quadkingonthenet, he hasn't been adequately punished.  Two people are dead because of him.  Frank should go to jail.  Only "Annonymous" disagrees.

Review:

"Former physical therapist Aronson adroitly tackles grim subject matter in this first novel about guilt, punishment and regret narrated by a newly quadriplegic teen. After drinking five beers at a party and getting behind the wheel, Frank is responsible for the accident that killed his girlfriend as well as an older man and that has left him a 'head,' unable to move or feel any part of his body below the neck. Now, completely dependent on his sometimes resentful mother, all he can do is think about what he is missing, how the accident could have been prevented and how much the community hates him (he reads the angry, anonymous comments on a dedicated Web site). The author convincingly and wrenchingly depicts Frank's state of mind as well as his daily struggles, ranging from his frustrations with his mother's clumsy attempts to feed him to his fears of falling when his parents lift him to bed. His existence at times seems almost unbearably dismal, but salvation comes in the form of a physical therapist who encourages him to speak at his high school, at which time he is finally able to voice his emotions and opinions and perhaps also do some good. After the grittiness of Frank's struggles, the success of the speech and a subsequent act of unexpected kindness seem quick and convenient, but close an otherwise dark novel with a glimmer of light. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Sarah Aronson is a former physical therapist who lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.  This is her first book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596432147
Subtitle:
My Brain and Other Wonders
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Author:
Aronson, Sarah
Subject:
Situations / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Issues - Special Needs
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
People with disabilities
Subject:
Social Issues/Death
Subject:
Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Drugs, Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20070904
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.48x5.86x.70 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Emotions and Feelings
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Special Needs
Young Adult » General

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Product details 192 pages Roaring Brook Press - English 9781596432147 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Former physical therapist Aronson adroitly tackles grim subject matter in this first novel about guilt, punishment and regret narrated by a newly quadriplegic teen. After drinking five beers at a party and getting behind the wheel, Frank is responsible for the accident that killed his girlfriend as well as an older man and that has left him a 'head,' unable to move or feel any part of his body below the neck. Now, completely dependent on his sometimes resentful mother, all he can do is think about what he is missing, how the accident could have been prevented and how much the community hates him (he reads the angry, anonymous comments on a dedicated Web site). The author convincingly and wrenchingly depicts Frank's state of mind as well as his daily struggles, ranging from his frustrations with his mother's clumsy attempts to feed him to his fears of falling when his parents lift him to bed. His existence at times seems almost unbearably dismal, but salvation comes in the form of a physical therapist who encourages him to speak at his high school, at which time he is finally able to voice his emotions and opinions and perhaps also do some good. After the grittiness of Frank's struggles, the success of the speech and a subsequent act of unexpected kindness seem quick and convenient, but close an otherwise dark novel with a glimmer of light. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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