Rich and Mad by William Nicholson

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Maddy is a sixteen-year-old who likes
a boy in her theater club.
Joe is cute and popular and, incredibly,
sending signals that he likes her back.
Or does he? Isn’t Joe going out with Gemma?
Rich has a crush on Grace, and he even sends a letter
of recommendation from the pope to get
her to pay attention to him. But Grace
doesn’t appreciate that tactic. . . .
The problem is, in life’s messy
mixed signals of friends and lies
and sex and status, true love can
be hard to find. And the real thing
doesn’t always come in the most obvious
package, either. Is it possible that the person
you never thought of that way is the one
who will ultimately touch your
This compelling exploration of feelings,
expectations, and attraction offers a
contemporary and candid look at love
and sexuality while moving readers with
its gentle portrayal of a very special first


About William Nicholson

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William Nicholson is a screenwriter, playwright, television writer, and novelist. Perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated screenplays for Shadowlands and Gladiator, he is also the author of several young adult and fantasy novels and a sequence of contemporary adult novels set in England. He lives in Sussex, England.
Published September 14, 2010 by EgmontUSA. 384 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although the cover suggests a cheaply titillating read, Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Nicholson realistically captures the eagerness, insecurities, fear and wonder of sexual awakening, culminating with a frank yet tender depiction of the “first time.” While a few side stories and twists, s...

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The Guardian

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And maybe the problem for Rich and Mad is that the final scene in the book is, after all, its whole point.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this tender book about first love from Nicholson (the Noble Warriors series), classmates Rich and Maddy barely know each other when he asks her for help winning over her friend, Grace.

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New York Journal of Books

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If you want to talk to him, come find him.Maddie is a typical teen girl trying to parse and read the signals of male attention, hoping and praying it means what she thinks it does.Rich and Mad is a relatively quiet read, but there’s intensity and depth to the story that goes far deeper than its a...

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The Bookbag

Summary: A good book that could have been great, but nonetheless a highly recommended read for teens and young adults.

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