Boy: A Novel

By: Blake Nelson

In the style of Blake Nelson's cult favorite, Girl comes a brand-new story about the moments in life that change how you see everything and everyone you always thought you knew—including yourself.

ISBN: 9781481488136

JLG Release: Sep 2017


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use
Topics: High schools , Schools , Dating (social customs) , Friendship , Popularity , Cliques (sociology) , Photography , Sexuality , Family

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Gavin Meeks, who lives in Portland, OR, is part of the elite crowd. He maintains his popularity as long as he is willing to be manipulated by mean girl Hanna Sloan. It’s Gavin’s sophomore year, and he’s decided to no longer play tennis, because he realized he was doing it only to please his dad. He discovers a love for photography Gavin Meeks, who lives in Portland, OR, is part of the elite crowd. He maintains his popularity as long as he is willing to be manipulated by mean girl Hanna Sloan. It’s Gavin’s sophomore year, and he’s decided to no longer play tennis, because he realized he was doing it only to please his dad. He discovers a love for photography and at the risk of injury and near arrest is considering photojournalism as a career choice. Gavin also befriends Antoinette Renwick, the new girl whose brother committed suicide and who has totally unsettled his world. She doesn’t fit in, and she doesn’t care: she spends her summers in Europe with her dad, smokes weed, dates a drug dealer, and has a detached attitude toward sex. By senior year, it’s Antoinette and her friend Kai whose unexpected strength and resilience keep Gavin from spiraling out of control when his world crumbles under the breakdown of his lifelong friendships and his parents’ unexpected divorce. Readers will enjoy this inside view into Gavin’s world as they are allowed to witness the mistakes and recoveries the protagonist and his friends go through. Written in the style of Nelson’s iconic Girl, with many of the same themes, this work will resonate with teens. VERDICT Purchase where Whitney Gardner’s You’re Welcome, Universe, Dana Reinhardt’s Tell Us Something True, and Kenneth Logan’s True Letters from a Fictional Life are popular.—Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA

Book Details

ISBN

9781481488136

First Release

September 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.3; Points: 19;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon Pulse

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use

Topics

High schools, Schools, Dating (social customs), Friendship, Popularity, Cliques (sociology), Photography, Sexuality, Family,

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