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Wise Young Fool Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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*"The author does a brilliant job getting into the head of a troubled teen and does not shy away from racy topics."―School Library Journal (starred review)
"Larger-than-life characters....Behind the music quest, sarcasm and pursuit of girls, however, lies a more complicated and often compelling story about family, grief and flawed coping mechanisms."―Kirkus
"[Beaudoin] plays language like Hendrix plays a guitar."―BCCB
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 6, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316203793
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316203791
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Lexile measure : 670L
- Grade level : 9 and up
- Item Weight : 1.21 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.5 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,252,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before Wise Young Fool, my favorite was Going Nowhere Faster.
Wise Young Fool is my favorite sort of novel: on the surface, it seems simple, but in fact it's complex and subtle. Every time I thought Beaudoin might send the action in a predictable direction, he didn't. Every time I realized that I was getting to a place where he might have taken an easy way out, he didn't.
For example, in lesser hands the Looper character would be a stereotype - as would her relationship with both Ritchie and his mother. Check out Chapter 59, which is a little masterpiece.
There's a lot going on in this novel, and it's all good.