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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Nugent Narrator: Charlie Thursto Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The critically acclaimed author of American Nerd makes his fiction debut with this romantic tragicomedy about a teenage boy and girl who discover his dad is having an affair with her mom. 

At fifteen, Josh Paquette and Khadijah Silverglate-Dunn catch Josh’s father and Khadijah’s mother kissing in a natural foods store. They make a pact never to cheat on anyone, ever. They have no problem keeping the vow—until they meet again at twenty-eight, both struggling with career and identity, and both engaged to other people. 

Part interethnic romance, part intergenerational conflict, Good Kids is a hilarious, sad, handsomely plotted story of love and class in the era of the redefined household. Stylistically adventurous but always accessible, Nugent trains a keen ear on the vernaculars of generation Y and the baby boomers, as young and middle-aged alike try to decide what parenting, background, and loyalty mean in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century America.

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  • “This dazzling first novel is many things at once: an incisive examination of class and politics, a richly comic portrayal of humiliation and self-loathing, and a guided tour of love in its varied forms. Benjamin Nugent’s writing is alive with intelligence, authenticity, and angst. Fans of Jonathan Franzen, you just may have found your new favorite writer.”

    Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Prep

  • “Fans of character-driven literary fiction will find much to enjoy in Nugent’s novel.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael Alexander | 2/16/2014

    " Funny at the beginning, sad at the end. A good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/1/2014

    " So disappointed by this book! The beginning was promising: funny, and clever, and sad, but midway through the book I just stopped caring about the characters. Josh became sort of unbearable: a smug, navel-gazing Wes Anderson movie times 3. I wish the end had matched the start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 1/17/2014

    " I think I liked this book? The ending was truly a disappointment, and while much of the book made me cringe (as in, do people really behave this way on a regular basis?!), I couldn't let myself put it down (I did finish it in a day... thanks, Spring Break). It was challenging to know who to root for, but I think that speaks strongly about his characters. Lots of wit and descriptions, but occasionally too much. It will definitely hook you, but most likely disappoint you at the end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenk1013 | 1/10/2014

    " This was a book club pick and I was surprised at how long this "short" 200 page book felt. It was probably because the mood/tone of the book and characters is utterly depressing. Not the ending I was hoping for, although it did make sense in the context of rest of the miserable story. I love a good "coming of age" story but this one just fell flat for me. "

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About the Author

Benjamin Nugent’s essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Op-Ed page, New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Time, and n+1, and his fiction has appeared in Tin House. He holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Director of creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University, he teaches fiction and nonfiction in its MFA and undergraduate programs. He grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, and lives in Boston.