By Blake Nelson
Simon Pulse, Paperback, 9781416948032, 252pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2007
Meet Andrea Marr, straight-A high school student, thrift-store addict,
and princess of the downtown music scene. Andrea is about to experience
her first love, first time, and first step outside the comfort zone of
high school, with the help of indie rock band The Color Green.
"After I saw Todd Sparrow something deep inside me began to change. It
was not a big change and I didn't shave my head and I didn't really think
any differently about my life or Hillside or anything like that. But one
glimpse of Todd and you immediately realized how limited you were and all
the things you could do if you could just break out of your normal
existence and stop worrying about what everyone thought."
"Nelson writes flawlessly in the voice of Andrea Marr, a tainted innocent who's busy negotiating the mixed messages of modern culture. This mesmeric novel made me laugh out loud and scared me to death."
-- Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone