An unforgettable debut novel about the
lives of a group of alienated teenagers in
suburban California that Introduces a
startling new voice in fiction.
Meet Allen Mockery: "The day I turned sixteen years old I had no idea that in four months nearly everyone I cared about would be dead. Unburdened by this foreknowledge, it was with a free and unclouded spirit that I went down to the DMV and failed my driving test."
So begins Adam Cadre's captivating, darkly comic story of teenage life in America in the new millennium, fold through the lives of Allen and a parade of friends and foes, each more vivid and memorable than the last:
Peggy: "You can hit it off with all kinds of people, but once you've shared a counterespionage run with someone, well, that's the kind of bond that goes deeper than sharing your math notes."
Siren: "They asked us what our career plans were and Siren said she was going to be a Laker Girl. Then we fed these milelong Scantrons into a computer and it said that the career that she was actually best suited for was Laker Girl."
Echo: "Her eyes could bore a hole in you the size of a chicken pot pie and she always dressed entirely in black, which is pretty lame but certainly impresses the hell out of most fifteen-year-olds."
Molly: "She had her own heater to make sure her room stayed a toasty eighty-four degrees. This probably would've been uncomfortably hot if not for the fact that Molly refused to wear any clothing whatsoever."
These are just a few of the people you'll meet watching Allen and friends fry to shepherd one another through a minefield of violence, drugs, and parental abandonment as their story careens to its gripping ending. Adam Cadre has created a heartfelt, original novel that offers a new way of looking at the perennial struggles of teenagers. Ready, Okay! is just the right novel at the right time powerful and entertaining story that an entire generation of readers can embrace and call its own.
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Adam Cadre lives in the Pacific Northwest, spending his spare time writing computer games and leading a rock band.From Publishers Weekly:
"The day I turned sixteen years old I had no idea that in four months nearly everyone I cared about would be dead," says Allen Mockery, the spunky narrator of Cadre's enthusiastic though protracted coming-of-age debut. Set in Southern California's Orange County, the novel's stylish, dark humor foreshadows a looming tragedy. At Ilium High School, chirping cell phones, sex parties and drug use are standard fare in the lives of Allen, his twin sister Echo (1600 on her SATs) and his best friend, bossy perfectionist Peggy Kaylin. Allen and Peggy are writers for the school newspaper, The Iliad. Their school spirit prompts them to become peer counselors and designated drivers at drinking bashes. But fellow students do not always appreciate their zeal, for this educational institution has a hidden subculture that its cheerleading chants (the title's inspiration) do not suggest. The darker fringes of school life include a precocious sexual predator named Carver Fringie, whose penchant for date rape ultimately threatens Echo and Peggy. Allen and Echo seek revenge by tying Carver to a chair and leaving him overnight in the school. Unfortunately, he is found by two other students who enact a more violent punishment. The ensuing chain of events propels the narrative to a harrowing, Columbine-esque denouement. The book's first half is hampered by sluggish backstory, and is often overstuffed with throwaway dialogue. But Cadre's talent shines bright in the second half, where he synchronizes pacing, dialogue and crisp characterization, bringing this darkly engaging assortment of young castaways to vibrant life, even as they face certain doom. 3-city author tour.
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