The Great American Whatever

The Great American Whatever

by Tim Federle

Price: $17.99(Hardcover)
Published: March 29, 2016
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From the Publisher: From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Better Nate Than Ever comes a laugh-out-loud sad YA debut that’s a wry and winning testament to the power of old movies and new memories—one unscripted moment at a time. Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident. Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

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Author Tim Federle makes the leap from his best-selling middle grade series about a theater-obsessed gay kid named Nate to a movie-obsessed gay high schooler named Quinn with humor and pop-cultural references intact. You've got a lot of issues in this one: a car accident killed off our hero's sister, his mom is getting heavier and heavier (weighed down by food and a crippling depression), he's in the closet and guilt is making Quinn almost as paralyzed by indecision as his mom. Luckily, Quinn is in for a wild week and this novel is so amusing and high-spirited, the issues are real but also ready to be vanquished or at least cut down to size. Quinn will re-discover his passion for making movies, his best friend is totally cool with Quinn being gay (in a what-took-you-so-long-to-tell-me sort of way) and this young college guy thinks Quinn is super cute. In other words, everything won't automatically be perfect but it does get better. Really, in a way, escapist fare for young people who might be grappling with some of these issues and amusing fun for those who aren't. -- Michael Giltz

What Others Say

"The Great American Whatever knocked me out. Tim Federle writes with a rare voice — original, authentic, engaging." - Rob Thomas, author of Rats Saw God and creator of Veronica Mars

"A raw nerve of a book—so perfectly tender and funny and true. My heart now belongs to The Great American Whatever. Officially. Completely." - Becky Albertalli, author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

*"Federle’s first foray into YA is an accomplished effort, dramatic and distinguished by carefully developed, appealing characters... whimsical, wry, and unfailingly funny." - Booklist, starred review

*"A Holden Caulfield for a new generation." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The mix of vulnerability, effervescence, and quick wit in Quinn’s narration will instantly endear him to readers." - Publishers Weekly

*“Even under the weight of grief, Quinn’s conversational and charming narrative voice effervesces, mixing humor and vulnerability in typical Federle style." - School Library Journal, starred review

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About The Author
Tim Federle
Tim Federle is the award-winning author of the autobiographical novels Better Nate Than Ever and its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (Lambda Literary Award winner), which were named best books of the year by the New York Times and the American Booksellers Association, respectively, and called “one of the best new middle grade series” by School Library Journal. The Great American Whatever was inspired by an accident near Tim’s high school in Pittsburgh that changed the community forever. It is his first novel for young adults. Connect with the author on Instagram and Twitter at @TimFederle, and at
Release Info
  • $17.99 (Hardcover)
  • March 29, 2016
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • 288
  • 1481404091
  • 9781481404099