The Great American Whatever

The Great American Whatever

Book - 2016
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Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before -- before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa ... and before the car accident that changed everything. Enter: Geoff, Quinn's best friend who insists it's time that Quinn came out -- at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy -- okay, a hot guy -- and falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending -- if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481404099
Branch Call Number: y FEDERLE 2016
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm


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Quinn describes his life as a fairly standard coming-of-age LGBT genre film, with a somewhat macabre horror twist. Heartbroken over his sister’s death, his best friend pushes him to finally leave his bedroom and learn to cope, come out, and carry on.

This is a great coming of age story about Quinn, a boy whose family is coping with the death of a sister. Bonus: Quinn is a wonderful, acerbic gay character.

Since Quinn’s sister was killed in a car accident six months ago, he’s barely left his room. When his best friend Geoff pushes him to reconnect with the world, he finds a cute boy, rediscovers his passion for writing screenplays, and learns secrets about people he thought he knew.

Quinn's life comes to a halt after his sister dies in a car accident. He does not go to school and barely ever leaves his room. With the help of his best friend, Quinn steps back into his life, rediscovers his passion for screenwriting and meets a cute boy.

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Sep 09, 2018

A pretty boring book, with a less-than-satisfactory ending. Would not recommend.

Jun 16, 2018

This was literally the worst book I have ever read. Not really a plot, and extremely cringey language and word play.

Apr 30, 2018

Honestly this was one of the best books i have ever read, i loved ever part of it.

Dec 11, 2016

A coming of age story with a main character I either wanted to hug or strangle. Quinn was a very believable teenager, with a few more problems than most teens have, including a father who walked out on his mom and a sister who was killed in an auto accident.

ArapahoeStaff2 Sep 14, 2016

While Quinn goes through some pretty tough stuff after his sister dies, this book also made me laugh out loud. Quinn felt so real. Also, check out the audiobook - Federle does an awesome job narrating.

LPL_WilliamO Jul 28, 2016

This is a fantastic story about coming to terms with loss, believing in friendship and discovering self. Quinn may be a smart aleck, but he warms up quickly and you'll care about his journey. One of the best YA reads this year!

Jul 27, 2016

Filled with heart clenching moments and some sarcastic humour, this was an excellent read about friendship, love, and overcoming loss. It was brutally honest, leaving no filter on the guilt and devastation that the main character faced. Furthermore, the many comparisons between the ideal, screenplay version of events versus the reality shows many facets of Quinn-the first person voice-emphasizing raw emotions in an engaging manner. This book will definitely not disappoint.

LibrarianDest Jun 21, 2016

Fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and David Levithan look no further. This is for you. And if you liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda YOU MUST READ [OR LISTEN TO] THIS.

bibliotechnocrat Jun 12, 2016

This terrific book covers a few weeks in the life of Quinn, a gay teen with a habit of seeing his life as a screenplay. What really makes this novel sing is the voice of the main character; the first person narration gives it great immediacy - as if Quinn is just blurting out the unfiltered events to you, the reader/therapist. By turns amusing and sad, the author has captured the intensity of the teen experience at the moment the main character begins to learn how to live. Well worth your time.

Tim Federle has now cemented himself in my list of favorite authors. His characters are so lovable and genuine, I am 100% all in. I love how "The Great American Whatever" celebrates film just as much as I love how "Better Nate Than Ever" celebrates musical theater. Love, love, love it.

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