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Wise Young Fool Paperback – 26 August 2014
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--Booklist (starred review)
"The author does a brilliant job getting into the head of a troubled teen and does not shy away from racy topics."--School Library Journal (starred review)
" Larger-than-life characters....Behind the music quest, sarcasm and pursuit of girls, however, lies a more complicated and often compelling story about family, grief and flawed coping mechanisms."--Kirkus
"[Beaudoin] plays language like Hendrix plays a guitar."--BCCB
* -Beaudoin is the Fred Astaire of comic writing, translating each sentence into a manic dance routine of half-invented jargon (-chewing the profunda-cud-) on his way to blessedly non-cloying coming-of-age glory.-
--Booklist (starred review)
-The author does a brilliant job getting into the head of a troubled teen and does not shy away from racy topics.---School Library Journal (starred review)
- Larger-than-life characters....Behind the music quest, sarcasm and pursuit of girls, however, lies a more complicated and often compelling story about family, grief and flawed coping mechanisms.---Kirkus
-[Beaudoin] plays language like Hendrix plays a guitar.---BCCB
- Publisher : Little Brown; 1st edition (26 August 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316203785
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316203784
- Reading age : 15 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 14.29 x 3.49 x 21.27 cm
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Before Wise Young Fool, my favorite was Going Nowhere Faster.
Wise Young Fool is my favorite sort of novel: on the surface, it seems simple, but in fact it's complex and subtle. Every time I thought Beaudoin might send the action in a predictable direction, he didn't. Every time I realized that I was getting to a place where he might have taken an easy way out, he didn't.
For example, in lesser hands the Looper character would be a stereotype - as would her relationship with both Ritchie and his mother. Check out Chapter 59, which is a little masterpiece.
There's a lot going on in this novel, and it's all good.