Finding Mr. Brightside

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/24/2015
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Aspiring singer Chrissie Sanderson has it made as a contestant on Superstar of the States: she's on national TV every week and the producer loves her. But Chrissie soon begins to discover the dark side of fame as she entangles in rivalries with other contestants, tries to avoid the paparazzi, and struggles with family drama. Ultimately, Chrissie learns that despite her bombshell looks and uber-hip persona, her life can be deeper than the superficial fish bowl she is currently living in.

Author Biography

Jay Clark is the author of The Edumacation of Jay Baker and has written essays and articles for The Washington Post and Tennis magazine. A former resident of Ohio, he now lives in Virginia, where he writes novels and also works for AOL as a copywriter.

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* “First off: not a thing happens here that’s unusual for a teen, or a teen book for that matter. Jay Baker nurses a crush on his longtime best friend, Cam; becomes an emotional mess after his parents’ separation; clashes with his homecoming-queen older sister; and weathers a feud with a pushy jock who could squash him like a bug. But the magic lies in the telling. Jay, a large-hearted wiseass who’s nearly impossible to dislike, has a narrative patter so deeply laced with groaner puns, pop-culture bombs, and warp-speed free associations that it’s almost a new language. It’s an argot he shares with vivacious Cam (whose real name, hilariously, is Cameo Appearance Parnell), but after he gets rebuffed trying to share a bit more with her, he starts seeing another cutie who’s more or less the anti-Cam. While their awkward love triangle takes shape, Jay’s parents get mired in their own supremely embarrassing love-life disaster. To help him out of his funk, Jay’s government teacher (who can match him bon mot for bon mot) challenges him to use his considerable powers of clever to write a school blog. OK, so it’s not the most thrilling goal ever, but getting there is both flippantly fun and surprisingly resistant to ironic detachment. Most of all, though, Jay’s smarts, originality, and warmth make the old teen trope of the hot girl(s) falling for the doofus guy actually believable.” —Booklist, starred review

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