What Boys Really Want by Pete Hautman

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Synopsis

National Book Award winning author Pete Hautman lets us in on the secret.

Lita is the writer. Adam is the entrepreneur. They are JUST FRIENDS.

So Adam would never sell copies of a self-help book before he'd even written it. And Lita would never try to break up Adam's relationship with Blair, the skankiest girl at school. They'd never sabotage their friends Emily and Dennis. Lita would never date a guy related to a girl she can't stand. They'd never steal each other's blog posts. And Adam would never end up in a fist fight with Lita's boyfriend. Nope, never.

Adam and Lita might never agree on what happened, but in this hilarious story from Pete Hautman, they manage to give the world a little more insight into what boys and girls are really looking for.
 

About Pete Hautman

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Pete Hautman is the author of "Godless", which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including "Blank Confession", "All-In", "Rash", "No Limit", "Invisible", and "Mr. Was", which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at PeteHautman.com.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Scholastic Press. 309 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It takes him a whole month to write it, but lifting much of the information from a Miz Fitz advice-column blog makes the work go much faster.

Dec 01 2011 | Read Full Review of What Boys Really Want

Publishers Weekly

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Hautman (The Big Crunch) demonstrates the gulf between male and female perspectives by alternating between the first-person narratives of high school juniors Adam and Lita, whose friendship is put through the wringer thanks to miscommunication, jealousy, and plagiarism.

Dec 12 2011 | Read Full Review of What Boys Really Want

Examiner

So Adam would never sell copies of a self-help book before he'd even written it.

Jan 10 2012 | Read Full Review of What Boys Really Want

The Bookbag

This also makes it a really good mixture of the predictable - it's fairly clear that Lita will end up finding out about Adam's plagiarism - and the unexpected - there were several plot twists which I definitely didn't see coming but were subtly signposted when you thought back.

May 20 2012 | Read Full Review of What Boys Really Want

Teen Reads

Lita is so busy helping others with romantic endeavors that when she does take time for herself, she falls for the bad boy who may or may not have a history with one of the skankiest girls in school.

Jan 22 2012 | Read Full Review of What Boys Really Want

WAPL Teens

Then Adam decided to write a book, or Lita gave Adam the idea to write a book, but that is when things started to get bad.

Apr 03 2012 | Read Full Review of What Boys Really Want

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