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It's 1988 in Harker City, Kansas, population "1,700 smiling faces," and Arty Flood's one goal after graduation is to leave town. There are a few complications, however: His employer owes him $1,400 in back wages, he's having a steamy affair with his art teacher, the local sheriff has blackmailed Arty into dating his daughter, and the family's funeral home is failing. Then the girl of his dreams literally swims into his life. Vanessa, a California girl with problems of her own, helps Arty to see Harker City through an outsider's eyes. Vanessa is a bit too perfect, but her role as a catalyst works well, pushing Arty's first-person perceptions to shift from self-centered and one dimensional to a more mature view of his small town—a place so clearly evoked that readers will find themselves craving those Frosty Queen Zip Burgers. Though the chapters are short and fast paced, there is a lot going on in this first novel, including explicit sex and salty language; but older YAs will respond strongly to Arty's breezily narrated yearnings for life outside of his "hick" hometown. Rutan, Lynn

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“Uhlig’s evocation of small-town life is perfect . . . echoed in changes, at turns poignant and dramatic.”—School Library Journal

“Raging hormones, angsty rants and reckless behavior fuel this accomplished black comedy.”—Publishers Weekly


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375839674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375839672
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,560,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Amazon Buyer on August 11, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Listen, Im only 17, going on 18 pretty soon I might add, so I've still got a lot of time to read more books. But I've also read a lot of books for my life and my age so far. And I have to say the moment I saw this book the title intrigued me and I quickly checked it out of my library.

I'm a female and I didn't find the authors use of words offending and I was not "grossed out" by the content. I laughed at every minute of it. In fact that's what kept me reading. Hear me out, the author uses some words I've honestly never read in a book before and I've read plenty of books(though now I'm thinking I was reading the wrong books all along haha)and at first I was sort of taken aback when the word hard on first showed up but that's exactly when I knew this book was going to be something like I've never read before. And it turned out to be a good thing.

I'm not gonna sit here and tell you the whole plot of the book, cause between you and me I loathe reviwes that practially give away the whole book. I'm just going to say that it's a hugely hilarious book with probly the best ending to a book I've ever read, It totally took me by surprise. I'm the kind of person who will go to the last chapter or page of a book and read it before I start the book from the beginning but luckily I didn't with this book because I would have been kicking myself for weeks. The ending is GREAT! So just trust me and read it for yourself. This book is a great portrail of life in a small town, I think so anyway. And it totally tells a great story from a teenage boys point of view which isn't written about often in young teen literature, I was so happy to finally be able to get into the mind of a teenage boy and it was hilarious, longing, and shall I say horny? Great Book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Welch on January 21, 2008
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This is a interesting and funny story about the struggles of a teenage boy in small town America. It is insightful and tender in its character development. This is a new author's first published work. I look forward to more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua A. Bradley on October 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Very good novel. Well written and funny. If you like the books "I Love You, Beth Cooper", "Spanking Shakespeare" and "King Dork", you'll get a kick out of this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loren Roth on December 18, 2008
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This book was excellent. I know the author's wife, so I thought I'd give the book a try for the heck of it. I had no idea how great it would be. I found the characters really endearing. It was a light read without being fluffy at all. I'm definitely going to read his new book ASAP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana on October 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Frosty Queen engages you from the first few pages - full of eccentric characters, ironic sense of humor, vividly drawn small town life. It is a great coming of age novel, with many unexpected twists. Thoroughly enjoyable - can't wait for the next offering from this talented new voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on October 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wonderfully written book. Almost hard to believe I grew up with and went to High school with the author. It was a great place to grow up in the 70's and 80's. Keep up yhe great writing Rick. I can Hardly wait for your next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By crazymama on December 26, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was a fun read, taking me back to being a teenager in the 1980s, trying to figure out what's next in life. I enjoyed the male teenage perspective, with a storyline that kept me interested.
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