A novel about freaks, geeks, crushes, and friends—and how sometimes you can be all of them at once.
Charlie is the freak. Gloria is the freak magnet. They're pretty much destined to meet. And when they do, sparks fly . . . for Charlie. Gloria, well, she just thinks he's like every other freak who feels compelled to talk to her, although a little better-looking than most.
While Charlie has his head in the clouds, Gloria's got hers in a book: her Freak Folio—a record of every weirdo who's talked to her in the last year (it's a big book). But never before has she felt the pull to get to know one of them better. Until now.
In this he-said-she-said tale of love, loss, and lucky signs from the author of the ac-claimed Funny Little Monkey, two young strangers at a crossroads in their lives become friends by happy accident (okay, maybe some harmless stalking is involved—and not by the person you'd think!) and forever change each other.
Praise For Freak Magnet…
— Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Funny Little Monkey
“Strikingly clever…draws both blood and laughter.”
— Booklist on Funny Little Monkey
“A love story as only Andrew Auseon can write it: with unflagging soul and plenty of crazy.”
— Sara Zarr, author of National Book Award finalist STORY OF A GIRL and ONCE WAS LOST
“Touchingly realistic and balanced with humor … [A] skilled and moving portrait of two young people struggling to make sense of the world.”
“A small gem of a story in which a talented author reveals hidden layers of his characters… [M]oving and delightful.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Readers will easily fall for this story of freak love; it’s poignant, laugh-out-loud funny and awkward in the best of ways. ”
— Publishers Weekly
HarperTeen, 9780061139260, 304pp.
Publication Date: June 15, 2010
About the Author
Andrew Auseon is a video game designer and the author of Funny Little Monkey, Jo-Jo and the Fiendish Lot, and Alienated, which he wrote with filmmaker David O. Russell. Andrew lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his family.