Mike Tate’s junior year was going to be awesome. He had plans, big plans – hanging out with his girlfriend, watching his best friend try not to accidentally kill himself doing crazy stunts, rocking out with his crappy garage band, and maybe, definitely, drinking his weight in cheap liquor and beer. There were going to be parties, good times, weed, and an overabundance of lazy weekends spent building pillow forts with his nutty little sister, Rosie.
But an accidental drunken hookup with a guy turns all of Mike’s plans both upside-down and backwards, and suddenly he’s dealing with a smugger-than-usual arch enemy, student council elections, the fall prom, and some truly spectacular Awkward Moments – he’s not so sure he’s going to survive.
With the help of his friends, ex-girlfriend, nosy cheerleaders, and his possibly completely insane family, he might just figure out what the heck is up with his brain, his dick, and Rook mothereffin’ Wallace.
It’s like the apocalypse came, only instead of nuclear bombs and zombies, Mike gets school participation, gay thoughts and mothereffin’ cheerleaders…
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Praise for Whatever.:
“Goslee’s portrayal of this existential crisis is as humorous as it is grounding. All the feelings of disbelief and anxiety that one might expect are delivered in the way only a 16-year-old boy could articulate… Recommended for young adults who enjoy realistic fiction such as Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim” series or books by John Green, Adam Silvera, or John Corey Whaley.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“Let’s face it, dudes and dudettes: Goslee’s debut is seriously cool… Everything is just right: the tone, the style, the right-on dialogue, the characterization, the apposite amount of angsty drama, the pace of the genuinely sweet-spirited story. Fans of David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy (2003) and Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015) won’t be disappointed.” ―Booklist, starred review (also a 2016 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice)
“Goslee’s Mike is a typical teenage boy, and she captures his voice effortlessly… This is a delightful story that many young people need to hear―that it is okay to be different and it is even better to be yourself.” ―VOYA
“The third-person narrative moves quickly with plenty of realistic teen banter… A humorous account of a teen’s reluctant and awkward journey to acceptance of his emerging bisexuality.” ―Kirkus Reviews