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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: Kat Spears Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781491530627
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High school senior Jesse Alderman, or Sway as he's known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want–term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. It's all business with Jesse. He has few close friends and he never lets emotions get in the way.

But when Ken, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things. While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget's younger brother who's belligerent and self-pitying after spending a lifetime dealing with cerebral palsy. Suddenly Jesse is visiting old folks at a nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him. The tinman really does have a heart after all.

A Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist, Sway is told from Jesse's point of view with unapologetic truth and biting humor, his observations about the world around him untempered by empathy or compassion–until Bridget's presence in his life forces him to confront his quiet devastation over a life-changing event a year earlier and maybe, just maybe, feel something, again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This engrossing debut novel recounts the exploits of high school senior Jesse Alderman, who runs a lucrative business making things happen: ‘brokering term papers, getting juvenile delinquents kicked out of school, and delivering party favors for keggers’…Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Spears’ debut novel sets an update on Cyrano de Bergerac in a contemporary high school, with noir undertones…Raw, honest…A gritty take on the male high school experience.”

    Booklist

  • “A compelling debut told with swagger and real depth.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A page-turner about high school’s victims and villains—and about layers of callousness that spring from true grief.”

    Meg Medina, Pura Belpré Award–winning author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
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About the Author
Kat Spears has worked as a bartender, museum director, housekeeper, park ranger, business manager, and painter (not the artistic kind). She holds an M.A. in anthropology, which has helped to advance her bartending career. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three freeloading kids.
About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.