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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aaron Starmer Narrator: Alex McKenna Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9780735288027
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"Aaron Starmer skillfully welds sharp humor, deep loss, and roaring escapades. Truly the smartest and funniest book about spontaneous combustion you will ever read." —John Green, #1 bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars

TIME magazine Top 10 YA & Children's Book of 2016!
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

With all the perfectly lovely young adult novels out there, you decided to check this one out? It’s got spontaneously combusting teenagers in it, dude. Not the slow burning type either. We’re talking the randomly exploding variety. Seniors in high school just walking along, heading to class, whistling Beyoncé, when—WA-BAM!— they’re suddenly dripping off the lockers.
 
Is that really something you’re into?
 
Confession: I’m actually kinda into that too. So, now that we’ve established we’re both thoroughly weird and, I assume, thoroughly open-minded, we can give it shot, right? Let’s at least read the opening chapters of this bad-boy and see if it features some of the more intriguing elements such as...
 
-       Exploding teenagers (obviously).
-       Hallucinogenic mushrooms.
-       Pyromaniacal boyfriends.
-       Triplet toddlers in powder blue suits.
-       Amur leopards and doomsday preppers. 
-       A foul-mouthed female POTUS.
-       Ashtanga yoga.
-       ­Youtube sensations.
-       Self-driving Priuses.
-       Rogue FBI agents.
-       Mad scientists.
-       Homecoming.
-       Spring break.
-       Prom.
-       And … Jennifer Lawrence.
 
Notice how I put Jennifer Lawrence last. She’s in the book, so it’s not cheating. And hey, if it takes America’s most beloved movie star to sell this thing, then that’s what it takes.

So, in closing: Jennifer Lawrence.
 
"Wildly inventive." — Entertainment Weekly "Must List"

"This comically surreal novel that will blow your mind.”— People Magazine

★ "A blood-soaked, laugh-filled, tear-drenched, endlessly compelling read." — Kirkus, starred review

★ "A wholly original YA tale of identity, friendship, love, lust, and gory, grisly death." — SLJ, starred review

"Bursting with heartache and gore, Mara’s narration appeals directly to readers’
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Skillfully welds sharp humor, deep loss, and roaring escapades. Truly the smartest and funniest book about spontaneous combustion you will ever read.”

    John Green, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Wildly inventive.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A]comically surreal novel that will blow your mind.”

    People magazine

  • “A wholly original YA tale of identity, friendship, love, lust, and gory, grisly death.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A blood-soaked, laugh-filled, tear-drenched, endlessly compelling read.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Appeals directly to readers’ senses of horror and humor.”

    Horn Book Guide

  • “Best described as quirky, Alex McKenna’s narration makes the unbelievable believable. Listeners may feel like they’re are sitting at the Food Court conversing with other teens. While the story twists in horrific ways, it’s also humorous and realistic. Through tone and inflection, distinct personalities emerge—from the quiet, misunderstood male to the overachieving, ever-good-natured best friend. One can hear each eye roll, dismissive shake of the head, and flick of the wrist, and the wriggling bounces of excitement prevalent in high-school storytelling. Teen listeners will most likely appreciate these somewhat heavy-handed but age-appropriate oral gestures.”

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  • A 2016 Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year for YA and Children
  • An ALA Top Book of Fiction for Young Adults
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” Selection
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About the Author

Aaron Starmer is the author of numerous novels for young readers, including the The Riverman and The Only Ones. He attended Drew University and received his masters in cinema from New York University.

About the Narrator

Alex McKenna is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a television and film actress best known for her role as Abby Macy in the television series Crossing Jordan.