A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

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Product Details

Price
$17.99
Publisher
Poppy Books
Publish Date
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.88 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780316260060

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About the Author

Eric Lindstrom is a BAFTA and WGA-nominated veteran of the interactive entertainment industry. He is the author of Tragic Kind of Wonderful and Not If I See You First.

Reviews

Praise for "Not If I See You First" A "Top Ten" Winter 2015 Indie Next List SelectionAn Amazon Best Books of December 2015 SelectionA 2016 CCBC Children's Choice
* "Lindstrom's immersive portrayal of the dimension Parker's blindness adds to both atypical and everyday angst imbues his protagonist with mature complexity...An unflinching exploration of trust, friendship, and grief." ""Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)""
"["Not If I See You First"] possesses crackling wit, intense teen drama, and a lively pace that pulls readers in, as do the everyday details of Parker's world: spoken-word texts, clever methods of finding her way, and a guide runner who helps Parker when she considers joining the school track team. This unique coming-of-age tale is off and running from the start." ""Booklist"""
""Not If I See You First "is thoughtful and honest, with characters that made me laugh, cry, and surprised me at every turn. It's a book I'll recommend for years to come." "Kody Keplinger, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The DUFF "and co-founder of Disability in KidLit""
Praise for Not If I See You First A "Top Ten" Winter 2015 Indie Next List SelectionAn Amazon Best Books of December 2015 SelectionA 2016 CCBC Children's Choice
* "Lindstrom's immersive portrayal of the dimension Parker's blindness adds to both atypical and everyday angst imbues his protagonist with mature complexity...An unflinching exploration of trust, friendship, and grief." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"The byplay between Parker and her friends is believable, and in creating a heroine whose drive for independence brings both risks and rewards, Lindstrom adds a note of complexity to his gripping depiction of how Parker learns to trust and forgive." Publishers Weekly"
"[Not If I See You First] possesses crackling wit, intense teen drama, and a lively pace that pulls readers in, as do the everyday details of Parker's world: spoken-word texts, clever methods of finding her way, and a guide runner who helps Parker when she considers joining the school track team. This unique coming-of-age tale is off and running from the start." Booklist"
"Lindstrom's realistic and humorous dialog breathes life into an eclectic cast of characters. Parker's relationships, including the one with herself, do not sugar-coat the mental struggles familiar to many teenagers. Readers will laugh through tears, with the novel ending on a note of hope and maturity." School Library Connection"
"Bursting with complex, lovable, and, best of all, real characters, Not If I See You First is a beautiful story about love, loss, friendship, and the difference between looking at and truly seeing. Parker Grant feels like a friend now -- a friend I want to laugh with, to cry with, and especially...to run with." Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List"
"This book is fierce, funny, and honest. And get ready for some of the most likable characters you've read in years." Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist"
"Parker Grant is unforgettable: vivid, feisty, and absolutely loveable. This book broke my heart, but left me smiling." Fiona Wood, author of Wildlife and Six Impossible Things"
"Not If I See You First is thoughtful and honest, with characters that made me laugh, cry, and surprised me at every turn. It's a book I'll recommend for years to come." Kody Keplinger, New York Times bestselling author of The DUFF and co-founder of Disability in KidLit"
Praise for A Tragic Kind of Wonderful: "The portrayal of Mel's bipolar disorder is nuanced and reads true to life. Her fear of rejection will be familiar to teenagers, whether they're acquainted with mental illness or not, making it an important gateway to self-acceptance and understanding of others. An intimate and affecting portrait of mental illness helmed by an achingly real protagonist."--Kirkus Reviews
"Lindstrom (Not If I See You First) deftly addresses life with bipolar disorder, as well as the internalized shame often felt by individuals with mental illness. Emotions run high as Lindstrom's story confronts mental illness, grief, and shame, but the optimistic resolution provides balance."--Publishers Weekly
"Lindstrom's compelling novel is rich in clinical detail, which is nicely integrated into the plot, ensuring the novel is never didactic but always dramatic...Readers will find Mel's story always absorbing and gain insight into her troubling disorder. Those who enjoy this fine novel will also enjoy Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places (2015)."--Booklist
"Mel's struggle to take her condition seriously without letting mental illness define her life is heart-rending."
--The Horn Book
"An engaging and fast-moving plot that foregrounds Mel as a person who maintains a strong ethic of kindness even and especially when [she's] down, making her a bipolar poster child fully worthy of reader sympathy."--BCCB