The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  

Synopsis

The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Charlie is handed a crappy senior year. Despite losing thirty pounds over the summer, he still gets called Chunks Grisner. What's worse, he has to share a locker with the biggest Lord of the Rings freak his school has ever seen. He also can't figure out whether Charlotte VanderKleaton, the beautiful strawberry lip-glossed new girl, likes him the way he likes her. Oh, and then there's his mom. She's disappeared-again-and his dad won't talk about it. Somewhere between the madness, Charlie can at least find comfort in his one and only talent that just might get him out of this life-sucking place. But will he be able to hold his head above water in the meantime?

Reviews

Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay It Forward and 17 other novels The Downside of Being Charlie is what you always hope a great Young Adult novel will be: raw, heartfelt, searingly honest coming-of-age emotion in a character who feels almost as important to you as you feel to yourself. This novel exceeds expectations in that and all other regards. If this is Jenny Torres Sanchez's debut novel, this is an author to watch. A must-read for YA fans. David Yoo, author of The Detention Club and Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before An honest portrayal of an earnestly confused teen boy ... a story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. TeenLibrariansToolbox.com I am here to tell you that The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez is a really well written, thought provoking contemporary YA novel that reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Chris Crutcher...Jenny writes with wit and insight to help you along the journey that is The Downside of Being Charlie...Like the works of Chris Crutcher and other contemporary YA authors, Charlie is a relatable and discussable read. And like those authors, Sanchez creates realistic teen characters, which in this case includes some harsh (though authentic) language and one bullying incident that involves marijuana. This is a great debut novel and I look forward to reading more by Sanchez

About the Author

Jenny Torres Sanchez is an author and a former high school English teacher. She also writes short stories for adults rooted in her Hispanic culture. She lives in Florida with her husband and two children. Visit her blog at jennytorressanchez.com.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
272 pages
Interest Age: From 13

Author

Jenny Torres Sanchez
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Publisher

Running Press,U.S. an imprint of Running Press

Publication date

7th June 2012

ISBN

9780762444014


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