Naked Without a Hat by Jeanne Willis

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Life isn’t going so well for 19-year-old Will. His mother is always nagging him about the lucky knit hat that he never takes off; his mother’s boyfriend has forbidden Will to play “Wild Thing”—the only song he knows—on the guitar; and he just got fired from his job at Burger King. But Will’s luck changes when he moves into a flat with Chrissy, James, and Rocko and gets a new job at the local park.

At the park Will meets Zara, a gypsy girl whose family is camping there illegally. Will has never been happier. Until his mother threatens to ruin everything by revealing Will’s childhood secret. Is Will and Zara’s love for each other strong enough to survive?
 

About Jeanne Willis

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Jeanne Willis lives in North London, England. She has published more than 30 children’s books.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 26, 2003 by Faber Children's Books. 192 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult. Fiction

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Will Avery, who’s slow, deliberate, and unusually kind to both people and animals, narrates his love story in an unsophisticated voice.

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However, the information comes too late to revive interest, and while the news that Will is developmentally disabled helps makes sense of some of the fragmented components of the novel, it does not turn Will into an especially convincing or engaging narrator.

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Chrissy helps him get a new job at a park where he meets Zara, a gypsy girl whose family is camping illegally there.

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