Teenager Ritchie Sudden has a lot to deal with. He's still getting used to his mom's girlfriend. He plays in a band called Celestial Embryo / Death By End-Stage Syphilis / Wise Young Fool. His sister died three years ago. Ritchie Sudden is in a detention center.
As Ritchie alternates between narrating his current life in a juvenile detention center, and the events that led him to that point, he tells a story that is in turns hilarious and heartbreaking. Wise Young Fool is getting ready to compete in Band Slam 2012 and Ritchie is growing to accept--and even love--his mother's girlfriend, but he can't forget what his sister told him a week before she was killed by a drunk driver...
Written with a razor-sharp voice, Wise Young Fool is a humorous yet authentic look into the life of a teen boy.
* "Beaudoin is the Fred Astaire of comic writing, translating each sentence into a manic dance routine of half-invented jargon ("chewing the profunda-cud") on his way to blessedly non-cloying coming-of-age glory."
—Booklist (starred review)
*"The author does a brilliant job getting into the head of a troubled teen and does not shy away from racy topics."
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Sean Beaudoin is the author of Going Nowhere Faster, which was nominated as one of YALSA's "Best Books for Young Adults"; Fade to Blue, which was called "Infinite Jest for teens" by Booklist, You Killed Wesley Payne, which was a Booklist Editor's Choice; and The Infects, which was called a "wickedly unpredictable adventure" by Publishers Weekly. His short stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications. Sean's website is seanbeaudoin.com.