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Publisher Comments:

From Blake Nelson, a fantastic and topical novel about idealism and finding the ideal girl.

James Hoff likes to rant against America's consumerist culture. He also likes to rant against his ex-girlfriend, Sadie, who he feels isn't doing enough to change the world. But just like he can't avoid buying things, he also can't avoid Sadie for long. This is a fantastic, funny, sexy, cool masterpiece from one of the best YA writers at work today, an anti-consumerist love story that's all about idealism, in both James's relationship with the world and his relationships with the people around him.

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"High school student James Hoff is a passionate writer who rants about everything from sheeplike 'Consumer Americans' to the destruction of the environment. He also writes about his ex-girlfriend Sadie, who he feels is a lightweight when it comes to saving the world. While Sadie is involved in positive initiatives like community food drives, James prefers a more radical approach ('The automobile is the foundation upon which our unsustainable lifestyle is based. They must be DESTROYED. All of them. Even the cute ones'). His pugnacious determination is admirable, but even he admits uninspired ('The problem is I don't believe in anything'). James comes to realize that his nihilism, both personal and political, is ultimately alienating him from others and preventing him from reaching his potential. James's journal entries and the combative essays that he writes (and rewrites) for his English teacher make up the brunt of the narrative and demonstrate his eventual growth. Nelson (Paranoid Park) offers an elegant and bittersweet story of a teenager who is finding his voice and trying to make meaning in a world he often finds hopeless. Ages 15 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Blake Nelson is the author of many acclaimed novels for teens, including Paranoid Park, Girl, The New Rules of High School, and Rock Star Superstar. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780545104746
Author:
Nelson, Blake
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "High school student James Hoff is a passionate writer who rants about everything from sheeplike 'Consumer Americans' to the destruction of the environment. He also writes about his ex-girlfriend Sadie, who he feels is a lightweight when it comes to saving the world. While Sadie is involved in positive initiatives like community food drives, James prefers a more radical approach ('The automobile is the foundation upon which our unsustainable lifestyle is based. They must be DESTROYED. All of them. Even the cute ones'). His pugnacious determination is admirable, but even he admits uninspired ('The problem is I don't believe in anything'). James comes to realize that his nihilism, both personal and political, is ultimately alienating him from others and preventing him from reaching his potential. James's journal entries and the combative essays that he writes (and rewrites) for his English teacher make up the brunt of the narrative and demonstrate his eventual growth. Nelson (Paranoid Park) offers an elegant and bittersweet story of a teenager who is finding his voice and trying to make meaning in a world he often finds hopeless. Ages 15 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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