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Mike Tate is a normal dude. He and his friends have a crappy band (an excuse to drink cheap beer and rock out to the Lemonheads) and hang out in parking lots doing stupid board tricks. But when Mike's girlfriend Lisa, who knows him better than he does, breaks up with him, he realises he's about to have a major epiphany that will blow his mind. And worse - he gets elected to homecoming court. It's like the apocalypse came, only instead of nuclear bombs and zombies, Mike gets school participation, gay thoughts, and mother-effin' cheerleaders. With the free spirit of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the raw voice of Winger, and characters reminiscent of Freaks & Geeks, this debut YA offers a standout voice and a fresh, modern take on the coming out story.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 139 x 210 x 24mm | 362.87g
  • Roaring Brook Press
  • FIRST SECOND
  • New Milford, United States
  • English
  • 1626723990
  • 9781626723993
  • 276,511

About S. J. Goslee

S. J. Goslee graduated from West Chester University with a BA in Literature and a minor in Creative Writing. She's been writing fan fiction in multiple fandoms for over a decade, amounting to more than 140 stories and a million words. Whatever. is her debut novel. She lives in Glenolden, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two young sons, three cats, and two dogs (one giant, one tiny).show more

Review quote

"Goslee's portrayal of this existential crisis is as humorous as it is grounding. All the feelings of disbelief and anxiety that one might expect are delivered in the way only a 16-year-old boy could articulate . . . Recommended for young adults who enjoy realistic fiction such as Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" series or books by John Green, Adam Silvera, or John Corey Whaley." --School Library Journal, starred review"Let's face it, dudes and dudettes: Goslee's debut is seriously cool . . . The author doesn't make a single false step. Everything is just right: the tone, the style, the right-on dialogue, the characterization, the apposite amount of angsty drama, the pace of the genuinely sweet-spirited story. Fans of David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy (2003) and Becky Albertalli's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015) won't be disappointed." --Booklist, starred review"Goslee's Mike is a typical teenage boy, and she captures his voice effortlessly . . . This is a delightful story that many young people need to hear--that it is okay to be different and it is even better to be yourself." --VOYA"The third-person narrative moves quickly with plenty of realistic teen banter . . . A humorous account of a teen's reluctant and awkward journey to acceptance of his emerging bisexuality." --Kirkus Reviews"Readers who are sorting through their own questions about their sexuality . . . may hear their heart's echo in Mike's conflicting, confusing, humiliating, exhilarating stew of emotional turmoil on the road to acceptance." --The Bulletin Goslee s portrayal of this existential crisis is as humorous as it is grounding. All the feelings of disbelief and anxiety that one might expect are delivered in the way only a 16-year-old boy could articulate . . . Recommended for young adults who enjoy realistic fiction such as Bryan Lee O Malley s Scott Pilgrim series or books by John Green, Adam Silvera, or John Corey Whaley. School Library Journal, starred review Let s face it, dudes and dudettes: Goslee s debut is seriously cool . . . The author doesn t make a single false step. Everything is just right: the tone, the style, the right-on dialogue, the characterization, the apposite amount of angsty drama, the pace of the genuinely sweet-spirited story. Fans of David Levithan s Boy Meets Boy (2003) and Becky Albertalli s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015) won t be disappointed. Booklist, starred review Goslee s Mike is a typical teenage boy, and she captures his voice effortlessly . . . This is a delightful story that many young people need to hear that it is okay to be different and it is even better to be yourself. VOYA The third-person narrative moves quickly with plenty of realistic teen banter . . . A humorous account of a teen s reluctant and awkward journey to acceptance of his emerging bisexuality. Kirkus Reviews Readers who are sorting through their own questions about their sexuality . . . may hear their heart s echo in Mike s conflicting, confusing, humiliating, exhilarating stew of emotional turmoil on the road to acceptance. The Bulletin" Goslee s portrayal of this existential crisis is as humorous as it is grounding. All the feelings of disbelief and anxiety that one might expect are delivered in the way only a 16-year-old boy could articulate . . . Recommended for young adults who enjoy realistic fiction such as Bryan Lee O Malley s Scott Pilgrim series or books by John Green, Adam Silvera, or John Corey Whaley. "School Library Journal," starred review Let s face it, dudes and dudettes: Goslee s debut is seriously cool . . . The author doesn t make a single false step. Everything is just right: the tone, the style, the right-on dialogue, the characterization, the apposite amount of angsty drama, the pace of the genuinely sweet-spirited story. Fans of David Levithan s "Boy Meets Boy "(2003) and Becky Albertalli s "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" (2015) won t be disappointed. "Booklist," starred review Goslee s Mike is a typical teenage boy, and she captures his voice effortlessly . . . This is a delightful story that many young people need to hear that it is okay to be different and it is even better to be yourself. "VOYA" The third-person narrative moves quickly with plenty of realistic teen banter . . . A humorous account of a teen s reluctant and awkward journey to acceptance of his emerging bisexuality. "Kirkus Reviews"" Let s face it, dudes and dudettes: Goslee s debut is seriously cool . . . The author doesn t make a single false step. Everything is just right: the tone, the style, the right-on dialogue, the characterization, the apposite amount of angsty drama, the pace of the genuinely sweet-spirited story. Fans of David Levithan s "Boy Meets Boy "(2003) and Becky Albertalli s "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" (2015) won t be disappointed. "Booklist," starred review The third-person narrative moves quickly with plenty of realistic teen banter . . . A humorous account of a teen s reluctant and awkward journey to acceptance of his emerging bisexuality. "Kirkus""show more

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1,141 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 29% (331)
4 40% (459)
3 23% (258)
2 6% (64)
1 3% (29)
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