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Published by Simon and Schuster on March 29th 2016
Narrator: Tim Federle
Genres: LGBTQI, M/M, Romance, Young Adult
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Source: Simon & Schuster Audio
From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Better Nate Than Ever comes a laugh-out-loud sad YA debut that’s a wry and winning testament to the power of old movies and new memories—one unscripted moment at a time.
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 Annabeth was killed in a car accident.
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—a hot one—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.
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Overall Performance Story
If you could sum up The Great American Whatever in three words, what would they be?
Funny, fluffy and liberating!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Quinn’s story was really good. I enjoyed listening to his internal dialogue, his way of seeing movies in everything and most of all, how he discovered his true and better self. I really liked the whole book. What I liked the most was how real and genuine Quinn’s struggles in life were. He lost his sister and with that he lost himself, or at least that’s how everybody saw it. For me, he needed that time of isolation to accept who he really was, to accept that the plans he had with his sister weren’t going to happen the way they planned, but it didn’t mean they wouldn’t happen at all, and… That time also helped him understand what he wanted to do with his life.
What about Tim Federle’s performance did you like?
I loved the fact that author himself did the narration for his own book. I loved his voice, his inflexions and the emotions he transmitted while he was reading. Tim’s voice had a perfect voice for Quinn. Tim’s performance In the moments Quinn had with Amir, or the moments he was with his best friend Geoff, or when Quinn was talking with his mom, was very accurate and made this audiobook very enjoyable.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Well of course there has to be a movie about this book. And Quinn must be the filmmaker of his own movie *chuckles* The perfect tag line would be: My life is more than a great whatever.
All in all, great book with an awesome audiobook. I recommend it to Young Adult readers who wants something different to read.
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