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From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Better Nate Than Ever comes a laugh-out-loud sad YA debut that’s a wry and winning testament to the power of old movies and new memories—one unscripted moment at a time.

Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa … and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Even under the weight of grief, Quinn’s conversational and charming narrative voice effervesces, mixing humor and vulnerability in typical Federle style.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Federle’s first foray into YA is an accomplished effort, dramatic and distinguished by carefully developed, appealing characters…whimsical, wry, and unfailingly funny.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Author Tim Federle’s genuine narration is just right—self-deprecating, heartfelt, a little snarky, and always authentic. He puts listeners squarely into Quinn’s point of view. We feel what Quinn feels—guilt, lust, fear, love, and the heat of a Pittsburgh summer—as he tries to figure out his place in the world…A lovely, winning match of novel and performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “The mix of vulnerability, effervescence, and quick wit in Quinn’s narration will instantly endear him to readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Recommended for mature teens who want to be inspired.”


  • "The Great American Whatever knocked me out. Tim Federle writes with a rare voice—original, authentic, engaging.”

    Rob Thomas, author of Rats Saw God and creator of Veronica Mars

  • “A Holden Caulfield for a new generation.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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