Life in a Fishbowl

Life in a Fishbowl

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Jackie's life wasn't perfect, but at least it was normal. That is, until her dad received a terminal cancer diagnosis. Then he went and did what anyone faced with mountains of medical bills and a family to support would do: he sold his life to the highest bidder. Which turned out to be a TV station. Suddenly everyone from psychotic millionaires to cyber-savvy nuns wants a piece of Jackie's family as they become a reality TV sensation. Jackie's life spirals out of control just as her dad's starts to run out, and meanwhile the whole world is tuning in to watch her family fall apart ... Acidly funny and heartbreakingly sad, Life in a Fishbowl is an exploration of the value of life and what memories mean to us. Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 268g
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1408870630
  • 9781408870631
  • 61,255

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Surprising, original, political, and deeply affecting. . . It is one of those rare works of art that keeps you guessing up to the very last page. * Leila Sales, author of THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE * It will tear you apart, and yet it's an absolute joy. * Adi Alsaid, author of LET'S GET LOST and NEVER, ALWAYS, SOMETIMES * Vlahos balances a precarious, heartbreaking, and wholly 21st-century premise with a compulsively readable and well-plotted story. * Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA * Once again, Vlahos strikes all the right chords. . . You know these people and you want to know what happens to them beyond the story. * Paul Hanson, General Manager at Village Books in Bellingham, WA * Len Vlahos has pulled off a brilliant exploration of intimacy in modern society. . . [H]umorous, while being poignant and haunting at the same time. * Allison Hill, CEO of Vroman's Bookstore and Book Soup in Southern California * A wry, stylish tale. * The New York Times Sunday Book Review on SCAR BOYS * Distinguished in every way. -- starred review * School Library Journal on SCAR BOYS * Etches its way onto the heart and leaves a mark. * Kirkus Reviews on SCAR BOYS *
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About Len Vlahos

Len Vlahos dropped out of NYU film school in the mid Eighties to play guitar and write songs for Woofing Cookies, a punk-pop four piece that toured up and down the East Coast, and had two singles and one full-length LP on Midnight Records. After the band broke up, he followed his other passion, books. He is the author of The Scar Boys, a William C. Morris Award finalist and a #1 Indie Next pick, and Scar Girl, the book's sequel. Len lives in Denver with his wife and two young sons, where he owns the Tattered Cover Book Store.
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Rating details

1,861 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 23% (422)
4 34% (637)
3 28% (513)
2 11% (206)
1 4% (83)
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