Play Me Backwards


Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.79 X 0.77 X 8.44 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author

Adam Selzer lived in Des Moines back before it was cool, then tried out a series of small Georgia towns that will probably never be cool before settling in Chicago. In addition to several books on Chicago history and ghostlore, he's the author of several young adult and middle grade novels, including Play Me Backwards, How To Get Suspended and Influence People (which is part of the ALA's Banned Books Week packet), I Kissed a Zombie and I liked It, and Sparks (under the name SJ Adams, a Stonewall Honor book for 2013). He has seen Bob Dylan in concert more than forty times, holds a world record for "Most Richard Nixon jokes in a Children's Book," and often performs music, both solo and with various bands, at science fiction conventions. Visit him online at


It's a mordantly funny story of a teenager bumbling headlong into love and sex while caught in high-school limbo, waiting for life to kick into gear.-- "Publishers Weekly"
An engaging, character-driven piece.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Leon is a likable narrator full of real-world worries and flaws....-- "School Librarly Journal"
Timelessly true to life. Leon's misadventures and accidental discoveries will keep readers flipping pages to see each successive struggle he will face. A diabolically funny, slacker-makes-good coming-of-age story in the tradition of Rob Thomas's Rats Saw God(1996).-- "Booklist"
* This coming-of-age story is hilariously subversive but also tender and poignant as Leon learns to have faith in himself again. The humor is, by turns, tasteless, clever, and cringe-worthy. This will be just the right book for those senior high students who love Seth McFarlane.... It is not a book for everyone, but those who can appreciate it are rewarded with a fun and satisfying experience.-- "VOYA Reviews, STARRED review"