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Great American Whatever


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Great American Whatever

Tim Federle

ISBN 9781481404105

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 the car accident that changed everything.

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—okay, a hot guy—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.

The Author

tim federle Tim Federle is the award-winning author of the autobiographical novels Better Nate Than Ever and its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!(Lambda Literary Award winner), which were named best books of the year by the New York Times and the American Booksellers Association, respectively, and was highly recommended by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, who called the series, a wonderful evocation of what it’s like to be a theater kid. The Great American Whatever was inspired by an accident near Tim’s high school in Pittsburgh that changed the community forever.

It is his first novel for young adults.





Reviews, News & Interviews:

The mix of vulnerability, effervescence, and quick wit in Quinn’s narration will instantly endear him to reader. —Publishers Weekly

Even under the weight of grief, Quinn’s conversational and charming narrative voice effervesces, mixing humour and vulnerability in typical Federle style. School Library Journal, starred review

Federle has triumphed. He’s written a moving tale about grief that’s also laugh-out-loud funny. —

The New York Times Book Review