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Gr 10 Up–When not stargazing, Charlie fills his time by working at a drugstore and running around town with a Superman costume under his clothes. One day, he runs after the most beautiful girl he's ever seen. Gloria is used to attracting people who are a little different, but Charlie is on the fringe, even for her. While Gloria is mourning her brother's recent death in Afghanistan, Charlie is dealing with his mother's progressively debilitating sickness. He finally has the opportunity to break free of his reactive cycle, but the consequences could be more severe than he imagined. Auseon's attempt to develop Charlie through the arc of mania is half successful: the teen's behaviors at the beginning of the tale appear to be an affectation, which causes the gradual developing of self-awareness to seem faked. The social awkwardness that Auseon writes about will remind readers of the work of Mark Haddon and Francisco X. Stork, but there is a hollowness to it. However, Charlie's belief in the powers of the Superman costume is touching in his naïveté. Gloria's confrontation with her mother over the appropriate displays of grief is powerful and moving, and could be used for classroom discussions. The pacing is slow and the dual voices in the narrative fracture the story further. Not as outright bizarre as the author's Jo-Jo and the Fiendish Lot (HarperTeen, 2009), this book will appeal to more sophisticated readers, but only those with long attention spans and patience for quirks.Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library
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It only takes five words—This place smells like pee—for recent high-school grad Charlie to be fully smitten by the girl who just wandered into his café. The relationship comedy-drama that unfolds over the subsequent two months is told from both points of view: the freak (Charlie) and the magnet (Gloria). At first, Gloria has no reason to consider Charlie anything other than Freak: he says what's on his mind—to a fault—and is excruciatingly unafraid of making a scene. She, meanwhile, has been guarded ever since the death of her brother and prefers the solitude conducive to writing her free-form poetry. After fate tosses them together, the plot employs the expected tactics of tearing our would-be lovers apart via pressures and misunderstandings before each of them reaches the required epiphany. But Auseon's details—even when they become rather precious, as with Charlie's covert wearing of a Superman cape—are just original enough to amuse and move readers. (His handling of the parents, including a Huntington's-ravaged mom, is even better.) Predictable but undeniably pleasurable. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

Product Details

  • File Size: 323 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061139262
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (June 3, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JBI3DS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Auseon is a writer of novels for young people, and a designer of video games. He holds a B.A. from Ohio University and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from the prestigious Vermont College.

He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Sarah Zogby, and their two daughters.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on July 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's as simple as this: I ADORED Freak Magnet to the max. It was fun, witty, and real- three characteristics that when mixed together make for pure awesomeness.

Both of the characters in Freak Magnet were ones I loved. No lie about it. Charlie was extremely sweet and chivalrous; a character who always had me laughing at his way of telling it like it is no matter how bad the consequences would be. And Gloria, while distant and moody at times, was always witty and intelligent; someone I would hug and tell everything be all right to if I could. Together they made for an awesome match- one that always lead to not only more funny moments but tender ones as well as they dealt with life, death, and love all in one. I also loved the secondary characters. Some of my favorites would be Maggie, Gloria's sister whose sense of style was bizarre yet wickedly awesome, and Edison, a guy I admired for his brave actions given his condition.

Told in a he-said/she-said type of way, Freak Magnet allowed for the Magnet and the Freak to tell their tale of things, making this be one trait of the novel I absolutely loved, because it always allowed for different questions to be swirling around in my head, such as: Would Gloria and Charlie ever get a chance at romance? Would Gloria ever get over her personal issues and realize that there still are reasons to live in the world? And plenty more, which left for this plot to one that always had me on my toes.

In all, Andrew Auseon not only makes Freak Magnet look like a start in my eyes but him as well because he's one fantastic author. I can't wait to read more by him.

My final advice? I know I say this a lot, but read this book, especially if you love he-said/she-said type of stories.

Grade: A-
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By Jenny, Wondrous Reads on April 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Freak Magnet isn't at all how I expected it to be. I thought it would be a lighthearted, fun contemporary romance and, while it was all of those things, it was also a lot deeper and serious than I thought it would be. Ultimately it's about hope and surviving what life throws at you, whether it's loss or illness or simply feeling like an outcast.

Auseon has a brilliant grasp of teenage vocabulary, and often made me laugh out loud with quick one-liners from Charlie, or sarcastic retorts from Gloria. The humour used was right up my street, as was Charlie's small obsession with Superman. The guy wore a Superman costume under his regular clothes... can you get much cooler than that?! I don't think you can. He has a cape and everything!

Speaking of Charlie, he's a lovely guy. He's innocently honest (perhaps TOO honest!), and so thoughtful and kind that it's hard not to fall completely in love with him. He cares for his unwell mother while holding down school and a job, and at night he stargazes with a telescope he bought by mowing hundreds of lawns. He's like my perfect guy imagined and put onto a page, complete with an extensive knowledge of the Man of Steel. I want one!

Gloria took me a little longer to warm to, but by the end of the book I loved her. She's still dealing with the loss of a family member, and meets Charlie purely by chance. She is a freak magnet, after all. When these two meet, it's like some kind of fate. They help each other more than they know, and provide much-needed comfort and support. The secondary characters - Charlie's friends and Gloria's sister - are also great to read about, and each has their own story that fits in seamlessly.
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By goddesslibrarian on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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Andrew Auseon's latest novel "Freak Magnet" is not your typical romance story. There's plenty of boy-girl romantic angst, but this novel is so much more than just a love story. Charlie, the freak, and Gloria, the magnet, alternate telling the story in chapters appropriately titled "Freak" or "Magnet", until the very last one called "Freak Magnet." Although Gloria gets her chance to speak, this is very much Charlie's story and the novel begins with the first time he sees Gloria and is instantly attracted to her.

Charlie is different. He has his head in the clouds and has more interest in the stars and tracking potential comets than anything reality has to offer, until he sees Gloria. Lacking in social skills or the ability to control anything he says, Charlie chases Gloria out of a coffee shop so he can tell her that she is the most beautiful person he has ever seen. Gloria is used to freaks trying to get her attention and quickly dismisses Charlie as just another entry for her freak folio, her logbook of all freak encounters, but there's something about him that makes her take a second look.

Both Charlie and Gloria are at a crossroads in their lives when they need to make a connection with someone else or risk letting their individual grief overwhelm them. Although Gloria has shut everyone out of her life, Charlie is able to penetrate her angry exterior. The freak becomes the magnet.

Auseon manages to write Gloria's perspective just as well as Charlie's and reading both points of view enhances the story. Interspersed throughout Gloria's chapters are poems written by Auseon's wife Sarah Zogby. "Freak Magnet" is well written and has enough humor and action to entice readers who don't normally read romance.
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