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Sway

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High school senior Jesse Alderman, or Sway as he's known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want-term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. It's all business with Jesse. He has few close friends and he never lets emotions get in the way. But when Ken, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things. While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget's younger brother who's belligerent and self-pitying after spending a lifetime dealing with cerebral palsy. Suddenly Jesse is visiting old folks at nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him. The tinman really does have a heart after all. A Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist, Sway is told from Jesse's point of view with unapologetic truth and biting humour, his observations about the world around him un-tempered by empathy or compassion - until Bridget's presence in his life forces him to confront his quiet devastation over a life changing event a year earlier and maybe, just maybe, feel Something, again.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Griffin Publishing
  • Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • California, United States
  • English
  • 1250051436
  • 9781250051431
  • 334,351

Review quote

"Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A compelling debut told with swagger and real depth." --Kirkus (starred review) "Spears' debut novel sets an update on Cyrano de Bergerac in a contemporary high school, with noir undertones... Raw, honest...A gritty take on the male high school experience." --Booklist "Kat Spears debut novel is, quite simply, a delight. It has all the ingredients for an engaging and witty read, laced with honesty and insight that's refreshingly real...the story is gritty and real, unafraid to cross over into the darker sides of teenage life, and unapologetic in its witty and honest portrayal. If anything, Kat Spears may just be the one with some very valuable sway; get ready to be sold." --Children's Book Review "A page turner about high school's victims and villains -- and about layers of callousness that spring from true grief. " --Meg Medina, Pura Belpre award-winning author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass "[The] characters are fantastic and real, but that plot? The licks and riffs that led to Jesse's transformation totally blew me away, every damn page." --Gigi Amateau, author of Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabrielshow more

About Kat Spears

Kat Spears has worked as a bartender, museum director, housekeeper, park ranger, business manager, and painter (not the artistic kind). She holds an M.A. in anthropology, which has helped to advance her bartending career. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her three freeloading kids. Sway is her debut novel.show more
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