The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle. 276 p. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, March 29, 2016. 9781481455480.
Publisher synopsis: From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! andBetter 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.
First Line: I don't consider myself to be precious, necessarily, but give me air-conditioning or give me death.
Page 56: "Quinny," Mom says, her forehead in a twist. "Why would you throw away all this good food?"
I pull out a Cocoa Krispies box out of the Hefty bag and shake it. There is a delayed response from inside, the cereal ca-chunking against the box like it's been awakened from the terrible reality of being, well, Cocoa Krispies.
"I don't know if we can call this food 'good,' Mama."
"But that was her favorite."
I lower the box. I stick my head into the Hefty. She's right. I've just completely disrupted the museum that was Annabeth's life. Shit.
The book was blurbed by Rob Thomas, has already received a starred review from Booklist and this fantastic review from Reading Rants. Oh! I just noticed that Tim is narrating the audiobook. He is also a talented narrator, as evidenced by his two Odyssey Honors for his performances of his Nate books. This past summer I read Ann Bausum's Stonewall with my ears only because he was the narrator. I have pre-ordered both a hardcover copy and the audiobook of The Great American Whatever. Don't miss this multitalented artist.