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Blake Nelson

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Portland, OR, The United States
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About this author

Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, Oregon. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details Magazine.

His first novel GIRL was originally serialized in SASSY magazine and was made into a film staring Selma Blaire and Portia De Rossi.

His novel PARANOID PARK won the prestigious International Grinzane Literary Award and was made into a film by Gus Van Sant.

His most recent Young Adult novel THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH has been shortlisted for the 2015 Edgar Award.

His 2011 novel RECOVERY ROAD has been adapted into a television drama for ABC FAMILY and will premier in August of 2015.




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Average rating: 3.65 · 7,232 ratings · 1,156 reviews · 17 distinct works · Similar authors
Girl (Girl, #1)
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Recovery Road
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Paranoid Park
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The Prince of Venice Beach
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Gender Blender
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 487 ratings — published 2006 — 10 editions
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Destroy All Cars
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uh, this was sort of predictable. but very short, which is good.
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oh this is great fun for fans...
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Once I Was Cool by Megan Stielstra
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The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson
"Robert (Cali) Callahan left Nebraska far behind him a couple of years ago and now lives in Venice Beach, California. While he is practically homeless, he is better off than most teens on the local streets. After all, he has a tree house where he s..." Read more of this review »
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There's a lot of books like this, about 70s/80s/90s rock fashion or whatever. This one is way better than most. I actually read all the text.
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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
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Listening to it in my car. Stockard Channing does the narration. I have always said, and still believe the Channing/Ramona combo is the the greatest achievement ever in audiobooks.
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How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
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Messy, fucked up novel, full of dreams and sex and weird shit. LOVED.
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“But I think Cybil was my biggest fan. She cut out my articles and hung them in her locker and we were always cracking up how if you wrote the simplest, most obvious thing in the world people thought you were a genius.”
Blake Nelson, Girl

“Life is ridiculous. It's not our fault.”
Blake Nelson, Recovery Road

“No matter what I do now, there are certain doors I have already closed, certain opportunities I'll never get back. There's nothing to be done, I guess. It is what it is.”
Blake Nelson, Recovery Road

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“Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him.”
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“The world keeps ending but new people too dumb to know it keep showing up as if the fun's just started.”
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“Life is ridiculous. It's not our fault.”
Blake Nelson, Recovery Road

“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”
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Alshia Moyez Thank you so much, Blake! ^-^


Alycia Hey, I sent you an email. please get back to me :)


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