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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.

In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Lib
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I had the pleasure of doing a fun Q&A with the members of the David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite! Goodreads group for a few days last month. Since some of you may have missed the event, and since I get asked several of the same questions below on a regular basis, I've decided to clean up and copy the whole thing here. Read on to learn about which UNWIND character I relate to the most... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.14 · 203,400 ratings · 23,615 reviews · 71 distinct works · Similar authors
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
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Everlost (Skinjacker, #1)
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 19,287 ratings — published 2006 — 29 editions
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Bruiser
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UnSouled (Unwind, #3)
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 9,126 ratings — published 2013 — 14 editions
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Everwild (Skinjacker, #2)
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 7,548 ratings — published 2009 — 19 editions
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Everfound (Skinjacker, #3)
4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 5,805 ratings — published 2011 — 18 editions
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“Stupid dreams. Even the good ones are bad, because they remind you how poorly reality measures up.”
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“In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn't a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.”
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“...One thing you learn when you've lived as long as I have-people aren't all good, and people aren't all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives. Right now, I'm pleased to be in the light.”
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Sangria Thanks for adding me as a friend! :D


message 2: by Tash

Tash Thank you for accepting my friend request!


Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* Thanks so much for accepting my friend request! I absolutely loved 'Unwind' and can't wait to read some more of your work! :)


Chels M. Thanks for the friendship, Mr. Shusterman. I loved Everlost so much! I´m waiting for Everwild to come out in my country :)


message 5: by Amy

Amy Thank you for accepting my request :) Unwind was beautiful and I can't wait to read more!


Mgdrox99 Unwind was an amazing book. I just finished the first Skinjacker book and I checked out Everwild and Everfound. Your an amazing author. I love your books and so does everyone at my school.


Kat (idangerous) Thank you for accepting my request! I'm currently reading Red Rider's Hood after reading Bruiser and so far Red is really good!


 ☆∞Bellas☮ ♥Shelf∞☆ Unwind was brilliant! When is Unwholly due out?


J. A. Owen  Mr. Neal, I just wanted to say that I loved Everlost! It was just a great read and you are a brilliant author! I can't wait to get my hands on your other books! <3 <3 <3

and you are reading game of thrones!?!?! Me too!!! It's so addicting!!! I want to tell customers at my work now when they would expect things to be ready, and I want to say, "When the winter comes it will all be ready," They won't like my reference to a game of thrones bahahaha and it won't go well with my managers. :P :P :P :P But it is a funny idea for me. :P oh books.


message 10: by Namra

Namra Hi, Neal! I just want to tell you that you're a fabulous writer. Unwind just strikes a chord in your heart. And it is one of my favourite books ever. I haven't read UnWholly yet but am so looking forward to it.

BTW I really liked the way you took a realistic approac in Unwind. Not painting a dismal picture unnaturally rosy. So thank you. Unwind rocked my world.


message 11: by Mariama (last edited Feb 25, 2013 01:57PM)

Mariama Thanks for accepting my friend request!! You are one of my top five favorite authors and I have read every single book of yours that I can get my hands on! You are an amazing author and your writing always makes me crave for more!

My favorite book that you have written is Unwind, though the Skinjacker trilogy is a close second. I love your concepts with these two books; you are extremely original:) I also really like your Dark Fusion series, especially Red Rider's Hood. Any chance of any more of those books coming out anytime soon? I just love the idea of twisting fairy tales that way! Amazing! Another favorite of mine is Bruiser. That book just made me think so much about the meaning of love and sacrifice.

Anyway, I extremely enjoy your books!!! I wish I could become such a masterful storyteller just like you:)

Mariama:)


message 12: by Ashley

Ashley Thank you for accepting my friend request.


message 13: by Riya

Riya Thanks so much for accepting my friend request!!! Unwind was just amazing, and I just got Unwholly- I'm honestly dying to read it. Such an amazing series!


message 14: by Ashley

Ashley Thanks for accepting my friend request. You are in my top three favorite authors, and it really means a lot!
I seriously cannot wait to read UnSouled when it comes out! Congratulations on all of your amazing books, and keep writing!


J. A. Owen  Hi Neal!

Mr. Popular!

I hope you are doing well and everything is going according to plan! Wishing you all the best!

Love,
a supportive fan
Jessika :)

Ok byeeeeeeeeeee! <3


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