Notes From The Blender

Notes From The Blender

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Declan loves death metal--particularly from Finland. And video games--violent ones. And internet porn--any kind, really. He goes to school with Neilly Foster and spends most of his classroom time wondering what it might be like to know her, to talk to her, maybe even to graze against her sweater in the hallway.

Neilly is an accomplished gymnast, naturally beautiful, and a constant presence at all the best parties (to which Declan is never invited). She's the queen of cool, the princess of poker face, and her rule is uncontested--or it was until today, when she's dumped by her boyfriend, betrayed by her former BFF Lulu, and then informed she's getting a new brother--of the freaky fellow classmate variety.

Declan's dad is marrying Neilly's mom. Soon. Which means they'll be moving in together.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 131 x 203 x 14.22mm | 191g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1606842277
  • 9781606842270
  • 972,783

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Declan loves death metal--particularly from Finland. And video games--violent ones. And internet...
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"Neilly, a hot, self-assured junior nicknamed 'Steely Neilly' after facing down ridicule when her father came out, and Declan, a quirky, brooding sophomore infatuated with Neilly and still angry about his mother's accidental death years ago, find themselves suddenly becoming siblings. Her mom and his dad get pregnant and engaged, forcing the two teens (including Neilly's body and Dec's hormones) into the same home. Dec and Neilly's friendship develops surprisingly fast, but the realistic way they help each other through the tough times that follow unfolds at a natural pace. Though the setup could easily yield a slapstick teen comedy, this novel in two voices has both the lightness of such a comedy and an emotional depth befitting the family that is about to be formed. A solid cast of supportive characters help the teens survive and thrive--and even find love--in their new family situation while honoring their pasts. It's a rare treat to find a teen novel with both heart and humor in such great and equal quantities." --Booklist

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About Brendan Halpin

Brendan Halpin and Trish Cook are both accomplished authors with established readerships in the young adult world.
Trish is a former corporate communications consultant whose debut YA novel SO LYRICAL was published in May 2005 by NAL Jam; its sequel, OVERNIGHT SENSATION, published in February 2006.
Brendan's novel (co-written with Emily Franklin) THE HALF LIFE PLANETS will come out from Hyperion in Spring of 2010; their second collaborative effort FAUXMANCE will be published by Walker Books in 2011. Brendan has two novels published by FSG's YA division (HOW YA LIKE ME NOW and FOREVER CHANGES) with a third on the way next year. Brendan's adult novels and nonfiction are published regularly at Random House's Villard imprint. He has been featured on theTodayshow, on NPR'sFresh Air, onRosie, as well as inGood Housekeeping, theNew York TimesModern Love column, and several other prominent magazines and newspapers."
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1,451 ratings
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4 33% (472)
3 34% (499)
2 11% (161)
1 4% (63)
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