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The New Kid

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  9 reviews

At fifteen years old, Humphrey has spent his life as the new kid, moving from town to town as his parents keep losing jobs. The latest move brings him to Haven, Florida, where his family rents a motel room for lack of money. Humphrey gradually makes his way into a circle of the local cool kids, but when his friendship with one handsome boy and the boy's mother leads to ill
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Simon & Schuster
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I loved this book. Schrefer mixes manipulation, truth and lies to show how they can create desire, both concious and unconcious, wanted and unwanted. I only hope his first novel, which I will read is as good as this one.
This book sends the message that friends and money don't guarantee happiness. Humphrey is the son of two losers who keep up rooting him to take minimum wage crappy jobs that barely pay the bills. When they move to Florida he finally gets in with some "cool" kids only to have that result in disaster. His sister Gretchen, a real go-getter (manpulator) has scratched her way from the bottom and successfully carved out the life she thought she wanted, but soon realizes it doesn't make her happy. The ...more
Kind of sad, this is probably how many kids live nowadays.
(Two stars and a half) New school to attend, new friends to make, after another move by his family, a fifteen year old boy by the name of Humphrey finds himself to be the new kid, yet again. The first part of the story is about his struggles in this new setting and about his conflicting sexual desires. The second part of the story focuses on Humphrey's half-sister, Gretchen. Her love story with her boyfriend is a tumultuous one and takes her to Europe to figure out how to salvage her relationshi ...more
Whoa! This book went places that I sorta expected but then I was like whoa. The book consists of three segments. The first segment deals with a boy named Humprey and his move to a small Florida town. The second segment deals with Humphrey's half sister Gretchen and her relationship with her new boyfriend and his parents. The last segment deals with the reunion of Humphrey and Gretchen and their strange bond. I don't know how to describe this book. Just read it and make your own judgement.
What does desire look like if you don't know what you desire? The New Kid explores this idea through teenage outsider Humphrey and his actress drifter sister Gretchen. None of the characters in the book know what they want (and I mean NONE of them), yet all of them act on desires that they think they should have, or maybe do have, or somehow partly have. A book about unsexy sex.
Jan 30, 2008 Steph marked it as abandoned
Bleh. Read about half of this one and dumped it. His first one was good - in that junk-food-for-your-brain way that I seem to love so much (see: Prep, Nanny Diaries, etc) but this one just felt like a chore.
I know it's a great book when I have to sit around thinking about it afterward, basking in it.
Bizarre and creepy. I'm now curious to read Glamorous Disasters.
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I write books and then, by an astounding stroke of good fortune, someone publishes them. My first two books, Glamorous Disasters and The New Kid, were for adults, and then I had a momentous lunch with author/editor David Levithan when I became a young adult author.

Since then, you can blame me for a number of titles, including The School for Dangerous Girls, The Deadly Sister, and Endangered. Two
More about Eliot Schrefer...
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