Great American Whatever by Tim Federle. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016
Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before the car accident that changed everything. Enter: Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—okay, a hot guy—and falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story. from the publisher
Start some conversation with these discussion prompts:
- How do you think the story would be different if Quinn had read the text message from Annabeth earlier in the book?
- Should Jeff have kept his romantic relationship secret from Quinn?
- How do each of the characters is the book confront grief and experience love?