Nickel by Robert Wilder
  

Synopsis

Nickel by Robert Wilder

A BOOKLIST Best Young Adult Book of 2016 and a Top 10 Romance for Youth BEING A TEENAGER is hard enough without your mother in rehab and your slightly inept stepfather doing his best not to screw things up. But at least, Coy has Monroe. Coy is a quirky teenage boy and his best friend Monroe is a girl who is just as odd and funny and obsessed with 80's culture as he is. So when Monroe comes down with a mysterious illness, his inner turmoil only grows. As Monroe gets sicker and Coy gets a girlfriend from another social crowd, the balance tips and Coy has to figure out how not to give up on his friend, his family, or himself. Nickel is a hilarious, heartbreaking and honest portrayal of the complicated world of being a teenager today. No one has ever written about the pains of being a teenager--physically and psychologically, inside and out--quite like Robert Wilder in his startling debut novel. He has created indelible characters in Monroe and Coy--funny and sad and strong and broken--and NICKEL is about as real as it gets. --AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS, New York Times best-selling author of Running With Scissors

Reviews

Wilder powers his classic coming-of-age narrative with a ferocious storytelling voice ... A humorous, poignant, and formidable debut. --BOOKLIST, starred No one has ever written about the pains of being a teenager--physically and psychologically, inside and out--quite like Robert Wilder in his startling debut novel. He has created indelible characters in Monroe and Coy--funny and sad and strong and broken--and NICKEL is about as real as it gets. --AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS, New York Times best-selling author of Lust and Wonder (publishing March 2016), Dry, and Running With Scissors I totally got sucked into the world of Nickel and I couldn't put the book down ... I'd recommend it to everyone, especially those of us who like stories about the struggle with the sometimes dramatic and sometimes not-so-dramatic obstacles in our lives. --LISA LOEB, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter One of the best books about teenagers I've ever read. An incredible, engaging voice frames this brutal, beautiful, heartbreaking first novel. --GARY SHTEYNGART, New York Times best-selling author of Little Failure: A Memoir, and Super Sad True Love Story The joy of Nickel is in watching a deep friendship between two outsiders land so squarely inside a reader's heart. Monroe and Coy's way of speaking is brilliantly sharp, fast and clever as if the wild curves of their private language are the very thing keeping them sane as the world goes crazy around them. For anyone who has ever felt weird. For anyone who has ever been a friend. Wilder's book belongs on the shelf beside that other great chronicler of teen friendships: S.E. Hinton.

About the Author

Robert Wilder is the author of two critically acclaimed essay collections, Tales From The Teachers' Lounge and Daddy Needs A Drink, both published by Delacorte Press. A teacher for more than twenty-five years, he has earned numerous awards and fellowships, including the inaugural Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, plus numerous anthologies and has been a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition. Wilder lives in Santa Fe, NM.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
332 pages
Interest Age: From 14

Author

Robert Wilder
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Publisher

Leaf Storm Press

Publication date

3rd September 2016

ISBN

9780997020700


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