Stoner & Spaz
For sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft — a kid with cerebral palsy, no parents, and an overprotective grandmother — the closest thing to happiness is hunkering alone in the back of the Rialto Theatre and watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. The last person he wants to run into is... show more
For sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft — a kid with cerebral palsy, no parents, and an overprotective grandmother — the closest thing to happiness is hunkering alone in the back of the Rialto Theatre and watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. The last person he wants to run into is drugged-up Colleen Minou, resplendent in ripped tights, neon miniskirt, and an impressive array of tattoos. But when Colleen climbs into the seat beside him and rests a woozy head on his shoulder, Ben has that unmistakable feeling that his life is about to change. With unsparing humor and a keen flair for dialogue, Ron Koertge captures the rare repartee between two lonely teenagers on opposite sides of the social divide. His smart, self-deprecating protagonist learns that kindred spirits may be found for the looking — and that the resolve to follow your passion can be strengthened by something as simple as a human touch.
Publish date: January 5th 2004
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, High School
, Young Adult Contemporary
Series: Stoner & Spaz (#1)
I liked this book a lot in parts but also found it pretty awkward, as I find many Issue books are. The secondary characters are fairly two-dimensional, and I'm pretty sure there's only one person the neighbor can be. The grandmother seemed drawn from life, though, as did Ben. I enjoyed the movie-mak...
Told from the perspective of Ben comes a story about love, Courage, and trying to find yourself and what you love. This book is an okay kind of read. The beginning starts off great with characters that make me laugh and pay attention to their lives. But everything changes and the things that really ...
3.5 Stars - This book wasn't what I was expecting, which I seem to be saying quite a bit these days. However, it's true again with this book. This quick read was another that I had finished in one sitting. The characters were polar opposites of each other. Ben who was born with Cerebral Palsy pretty...
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Ben is a hilarious and heartfelt narrator. He doesn't downplay his condition, or turn on the people close to him in frustration. He lives with cerebral palsy, and uses humor as a way to dealing with the people around him. I'm uncomfortable with lo...