The Loser's Guide to Life and Love

The Loser's Guide to Life and Love

By A. E. Cannon

Harper Teen, Hardcover, 9780061128462, 256pp.

Publication Date: June 2008


Ordinary, boring Ed works a loser summer job at Reel Life Movies, where he doesn't even have his own name tag. He's stuck with "Sergio." Ed's only consolations are his two best friends. Shelving DVDs isn't so mind-numbingly dull with Scout cracking jokes, and after hours Ed hangs out with the superbrain, Quark. Life starts to look up when the girl of his dreams saunters into Reel Life. Ed knows he doesn't stand a chance . . . but maybe, just maybe Sergio does. All he has to do is pretend to be a smoldering Brazilian stud for the rest of his life. Simple, right? But . . . Ed's new dream girl has her own secrets, Scout wants to be more than Ed's best friend, and his buddy Quark wants Scout for himself.

Star-crossed crushes make for hilarious misunderstandings as Ed guides his life toward disaster in this fresh, contemporary twist on Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

About the Author
A. E. Cannon is the author of numerous books for young people, including Cal Cameron by Day, Spiderman by Night, winner of the Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel; The Shadow Brothers, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an American Bookseller Pick of the List; and Amazing Gracie, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA 100 Best of the Best Young Adult Books of the Past 25 Years. A. E. Cannon currently writes a weekly humor column for the Deseret Morning News. She has five sons and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, a parrot, two cats, and a dog that doesn't like her much.

Praise For The Loser's Guide to Life and Love

“A sweet, almost mystical sensibility pervades the story. Young readers who are looking for romance will warm to this.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Crushes, confusions, mistaken identities, and lighthearted humor run amok in this well-written romance.”
-School Library Journal

“The plot will rivet readers’ attention, and the exciting climax is satisfying. Buy this quick and exciting novel for the fans.”
-Kirkus Reviews