Stoner & Spaz
A funny, in-your-face novel starring an unlikely teenage pair - a sheltered cinemaphile with cerebral palsy and the tattooed, straight-talking stoner who steals his heart.For sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft - a kid with cerebral palsy, no parents, and an overprotective grandmother - the closest... show more
A funny, in-your-face novel starring an unlikely teenage pair - a sheltered cinemaphile with cerebral palsy and the tattooed, straight-talking stoner who steals his heart.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 watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. Of course he waits for the lights to dim before making an entrance, so that his own lurching down the aisle doesn’t look like an ad for Monster Week. 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. It’s the tale of a self-deprecating protagonist who learns that kindred spirits can be found for the looking - and that the incentive to follow your passion can be set into motion by something as simple as a human touch.From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: August 9th 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages no: 192
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...