Badd by Tim Tharp

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Ceejay has never been pretty or popular, but she knows who she is: she's younger sister to Bobby, the most charming bad boy in town. Bobby's a bit wild, but with his big heart and sense of fun, everybody loves him. And nobody understands Ceejay like Bobby.

Now, Ceejay can't wait for Bobby to return home from his tour in Iraq. But then he turns up unannounced and seems to be avoiding his family. And he's so different. His wild streak has become reckless. His sense of fun has become desperate. And seeing this, Ceejay's own tough shell begins to crack. How can she believe in being strong when her hero is broken?

As she tries to get Bobby back, Ceejay begins to reexamine her family, her community, and everyone in her life. What she finds is that true strength is not quite what she thought it was.

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About Tim Tharp

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TIM THARP lives in Oklahoma, where he teaches at Rose State College. He is the author of the highly acclaimed YA novels Badd, Knights of the Hill Country and The Spectacular Now, which was a 2008 National Book Award finalist.

Author Residence: Oklahoma City
Published January 11, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Alcohol, weed, fighting and sex are par for the course for Ceejay, except sex is not a big thing personally.

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Publishers Weekly

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National Book Award Finalist Tharp's (The Spectacular Now) multi-layered story centers around Ceejay, a brash, defensive, but empathetic 16-year-old, eagerly awaiting the return of her beloved older brother, Bobby, from the war in Iraq, with the expectation that they will skip town together.

Feb 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Badd

Portland Book Review

Ceejay’s tomboy stance softens as she tries to save her brother from himself and from Captain Crazy, the town lunatic, and as she deals with her feelings for Padget, the new kid in town who dresses all in white and helps Captain Crazy with his junk sculptures.

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All that's missing is Bobby, and Ceejay has a plan that once he gets back the two of them will find a rent house, he'll work she'll finish up high school, and once she gets a job they will both start saving to move out forever.

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