Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden

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Dramatically profane and comically lewd, the story of Cricket's emotional deliverance makes for one of the most wrenching and engaging young-adult books to come along in ages.
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“The shrinkadinks think I have a screw loose. Ain’t playing with a full deck. Whacked-out wiring. Missing marbles.” Irreverent, foulmouthed seventeen-year-old Cricket is the oldest ward in a Catholic boys’ home in Maine—and his life sucks. With prospects for the future that range from professional fighter to professional drug dealer, he seems doomed to a life of “criminal rapscallinity.” In fact, things look so bleak that Cricket can’t help but wonder if his best option is one final cliff dive into the great unknown. But then Wynona Bidaban steps into his world, and Cricket slowly realizes that maybe, just maybe, life doesn’t totally suck.
 

About Scott Blagden

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SCOTT BLAGDEN grew up in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and now makes his home on the coast near Cape Cod, where he enjoys being a dad to his teenage twins. In addition to writing, he has been self-employed in real estate for thirty years. Dear Life, You Suck is his first novel.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 321 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Meghan Cox Gurdon on Mar 22 2013

Dramatically profane and comically lewd, the story of Cricket's emotional deliverance makes for one of the most wrenching and engaging young-adult books to come along in ages.

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