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Wise Young Fool Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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*"The author does a brilliant job getting into the head of a troubled teen and does not shy away from racy topics."―School Library Journal (starred review)
"[Beaudoin] plays language like Hendrix plays a guitar."―BCCB
Top Customer Reviews
But also just goofing around with friends, trying to talk to a girl at a party, wondering if you're cool enough. It's like someone's real diary. Which (spoiler) maybe it is. I was totally pissed when it ended, I wanted another hundred pages more!
Before Wise Young Fool, my favorite was Going Nowhere Faster.
Wise Young Fool is my favorite sort of novel: on the surface, it seems simple, but in fact it's complex and subtle. Every time I thought Beaudoin might send the action in a predictable direction, he didn't. Every time I realized that I was getting to a place where he might have taken an easy way out, he didn't.
For example, in lesser hands the Looper character would be a stereotype - as would her relationship with both Ritchie and his mother. Check out Chapter 59, which is a little masterpiece.
There's a lot going on in this novel, and it's all good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Wise Young Fool" had an intriguing narrative structure. Readers bounced back and forth between Ritchie's experience in Juvie and the events in his life that led up to his... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tracy Gold
WAY better than the blurb from the back cover would lead one to expect. Witty, cultural, fast and reckless. My first Sean Beaudoin, but certainly not my last.Published 18 months ago by Christi A. Reynolds
It takes a wise author with a keen eye for details and a great ear for dialogue to write a book that so well captures the high school experience. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Richard Cox
...but when it finally does you're not quite satisfied. The character's voice carries this story. The main character is amusing and easy to relate to. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A while back the author published a zine called ZAPRUDER headSNAP. According to his history of the venture, it was meant in part to put "a literary edge to the stick it laid... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Phaeal
This is a hilarious book! Should be read by everyone - a don't miss for young audiences and older as well.Published on October 29, 2013 by D. Beaudoin
WYF is a roller coaster of teen angst cloaked in an older, wiser man's cool and spin. But the voice still belongs to the kid--that's what's most amazing about it. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Eli23
The latest from Sean Beaudoin, WISE YOUNG FOOL, is the kind of book that sits with you. The characters feel real, like people you've just spent a bunch of time hanging out with,... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by E. Kristin Anderson
Beaudoin writes for the cool kids, but he also writes for the kids that should be cool. And the adults who forgot what it was like to be cool. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by LMZ