Guy in Real Life

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Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Steve Brezenoff has written several chapter books for young readers, and The Absolute Value of -1 is his first novel for teens. Though Steve grew up in a suburb on Long Island, he now lives with his wife, their kids, and their terrier, in St. Paul, Minnesota.


"In a voice full of authentic grit, poetic verve, and real emotion, Steve Brezenoff weaves a tale that feels both wholly original and instantly classic. Another fantastic book from a writer I envy and admire."--Sara Zarr, National Book Award finalist for Story Of a Girl
"Guy In Real Life is a remarkably original, addictive novel that illuminates the roles we play for others and, ultimately, ourselves. A must-read for anyone who questions who they truly are, and who they could be."--Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone
"An idiosyncratic romance that offers plenty of cultural food for thought."--Publishers Weekly
"I suppose Steve Brezenoff will have to grow up one of these days and forget what it was like to be sixteen, but let's hope it doesn't happen too soon--at least not to the part of him that can write a book like Guy in Real Life."--Pete Hautman, National Book Award-winning author of Godless
"Guy in Real Life is a fascinating, original take on the spaces that exist between who we are and who we hope to be. Virtually everyone will love this book."--John Corey Whaley, Printz Award--winning author of Where Things Come Back
"The gaming motif adds an intriguing layer, as Brezenoff uses it to explore issues of gender identity. Has [Lesh] created this character because he wants to be with the real Svetlana or because he wants to be her? There is, he realizes, no simple answer."--Chicago Tribune
"In a first-person narration that alternates between the boy in black and the girl dungeon master, Brezenoff conjures a wry, wise and deeply sympathetic portrait of the exquisite, excruciating thrill of falling in love. This is not the teen love story you've read a thousand times before."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)