Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited the Network Nanny and her reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Gerald's way of rebelling against these conspiring adults was captured by the cameras and earned him the lifelong nickname "The Crapper." Twelve years later, he is still haunted by his rage-filled youth--and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.
No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself, and even the girl he likes seems to have no idea how he feels. Everyone's just waiting for him to snap...and he's starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.
In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.
A 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature Winner
A 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Book
A 2012 Lambda Literary Award Finalist
A 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A 2013 Rainbow List Top Ten Book
A 2013 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection
* "Quite possibly the best teen novel featuring a girl questioning her sexuality written in years."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed books Glory O'Brien's History of the Future;Reality Boy; Ask the Passengers, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner; Everybody Sees the Ants; and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She lives in Pennsylvania.