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Author: Ron Koertge, Ronald Koertge Narrator: Josh Hamilton Publisher: Listening Library Audio Length: Release Date: January 2003 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780807212479

Publisher Description

For sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft – a kid with cerebral palsy, no parents, and an overprotective grandmother – the closest thing to happiness is hunkering alone in the back of the Rialto Theatre and watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. The last person he wants to run into is drugged-up Colleen Minou, resplendent in ripped tights, neon miniskirt, and an impressive array of tattoos. But when Colleen climbs into the seat beside him and rests a woozy head on his shoulder, Ben has that unmistakable feeling that his life is about to change. With unsparing humor and a keen flair for dialogue, Ron Koertge captures the rare repartee between two lonely teenagers on opposite sides of the social divide. His smart, self-deprecating protagonist learns that kindred spirits may be found for the looking – and that the resolve to follow your passion can be strengthened by something as simple as a human touch.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I thought it was good and I can't wate to read the next one. "

    - Lindsey, 2/8/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not amazing, but it was good! "

    - Alexis, 2/5/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The characters are interesting and real. The story doesn't have an easy happy ending, which is how life is. I don't get the picture on the cover, though. "

    - Marian, 2/5/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is three and a half stars. I really related to the main character, a sarcastic boy with CP. (huh.) The narrative voices were authentic and funny, the book wasn't didactic at all. But there was some racism, and the main character seemed younger than he was supposed to be. Also, the main character says, "No one who is disabled wants to be with someone who is disabled" and occasionally lets his non-disabled (but addicted, so that's arguable under the ADA) love interest treat him like crap. But I still liked it. It wasn't sappy or condescending and seemed pretty realistic. "

    - Colin, 1/30/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " ..Meh. Whoever wrote this book probably never smoked weed, because it would never put anyone in a hospital. It could've been a touch more realistic. As a film enthusiast, I did enjoy reading this novel (novelette? Super short). As much as I didn't like the ending, that's just how things happen sometimes. *Shrug* "

    - Chantell, 1/27/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " WHOA. WHOA. Ron Koertge wrote this?! This is one of favorite books! Now I am even MORE pumped to read "Where The Kissing Never Stops"! :) "

    - Cloud, 1/27/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Love love love this book I will put it in my collection. "

    - Annette, 1/26/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " My mom picked this one up at a thrift store and gave it to me when she was done. It's definitely a book meant for a younger crowd (tween/teen). It's short, so I blew through it in no time. Overall, I thought it was predictable and uninteresting. I did find the main character endearing, but that was the only redeeming quality of the book. "

    - Rachel, 1/23/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 16 yr old Ben has CP (Spaz) befriends Colleen a stoner. 2 lonely people become friends. "

    - Vicki, 1/20/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I can read this book over and over again... great book :D "

    - Anni, 1/14/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " i thought it was good it might have not been all my section but i loved it it was good. it had alot of wierd comments and other innapropriate stuff but if you are mature this is a real good book...!!! "

    - Amy, 11/27/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This a young adult novel. I liked it a lot. It plunges me into the life of two quite different characters in a believable manner. Drugs and disability---a contrast of lifestyles, two youths damaged in different ways. The plot unfolds nicely. I liked it, to repeat. "

    - Lorin, 11/27/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " very realistic and interesting "

    - Evan, 11/7/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Eh. It was very shallow, especially given that the moral was to look deeper. "

    - alicatstrut, 5/15/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Quick, light read, which is exactly what I was looking for. Not sure when/why the protagonists had to have a sexual relationship, as that whole part seemed a bit contrived. "

    - Axydlbaaxr, 2/12/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Who would have thought that a love story between a boy with cerebral palsy and a manic pixie drug addict would make me sigh, "Aww!" in my head at least 20,000 times? This book is so damn cute. "

    - Very, 12/20/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Ben's voice, though a little too wry and self-knowing for his age--even for a brainy kid who has had a lot of time and cause to self-assess--carries this somewhat unlikely story along. The characters ring true, mostly. "

    - Lisbeth, 8/20/2012
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Unimaginative and doesn't really go anywhere. No better or worse than the average mundane teen novel. "

    - Adam, 7/19/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Realistic of a boy breaking out of his shell with the help of a mifit. "

    - Colleen, 5/21/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " importsnt, funny, witty, touching "

    - Sonya, 4/16/2010
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read this as a teen and remember liking that the characters weren't the generic teen characters. "

    - Brittanie, 3/25/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " At first I didn't like the ending but after I mulled it over I thought it was the best way to end it. You decide what happens next! "

    - Brendaz890, 3/15/2010
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I have a special place in my heart for this book. I'll always love this book. "

    - Chelsea, 4/16/2009

About the Narrator

Josh Hamilton was born in New York City, New York. His Broadway credits include Proof, The Cider House Rules, and The Coast of Utopia, and his films include Kicking and Screaming, The House of Yes, Alive, Online, and Outsourced. Josh has narrated several audiobooks, including Lando by Louis L’Amour and Stoner & Spaz by Ron Koertge. He and his wife Lily have one child.