How Ya Like Me Now
By Brendan Halpin
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374334956, 208pp.)
Publication Date: April 17, 2007
Since his dad died, Eddie's mom has spent all her time getting high on OxyContin, leaving Eddie to take care of himself. When Eddie's mom goes into rehab and his aunt and uncle take him away to Boston, everything changes. His new school, which he attends with his cousin Alex, is experimental: there's a CEO instead of a principal, classes are held in an office building, and the students, all sporting business-casual looks, are the only urban kids Eddie has ever seen outside of a rap video. As for Alex, it's bad enough that he has to share his bedroom with Eddie, but his parents are on his case about including his quiet cousin in his social life as well. Alex wants to do the right thing, but between talking to girls, playing video games, thinking about girls, laughing with his friends, and looking at girls, when is he supposed to find time to help Eddie and "work up to his potential" in school?
Two boys find that they have a lot to learn from each other in this touching, funny novel about finding your place and looking out for your friends.
BRENDAN HALPIN is the author of several books for adults, including Donorboy, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
"An interesting exploration of serious issues, presented in a lighthearted tone." --Kirkus Reviews "An engaging YA slice-of-life story, capped by an upbeat resolution and endowed with both laughter and healing." --Booklist "Halpin creates a strong, solid offering whose achievements are lasting and miraculous."--VOYA "Everything comes together with a solid click here."--The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books "An enjoyable story with a satisfying conclusion." —IRA