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Since his dad died, Eddie's mom has spent all her time getting high on OxyContin, leaving Eddie to take care of himself. When Eddie's mom goes into rehab and his aunt and uncle take him away to Boston, everything changes. His new school, which he attends with his cousin Alex, is experimental: there's a CEO instead of a principal, classes are held in an office building, and ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Davina

After Eddie's father dies, his mom takes solace in drugs and alcohol rather than Eddie. Things get so bad that Eddie ends up taking care of himself, paying the bills, making dinner, all those things that adults are meant to be doing for their children. When Eddie's mom finally lands in rehab, he goes to live with an aunt and uncle and their son, who goes to a special urban private school. For Eddie this is a complete change from how he has lived his life and he finds it very difficult to learn h
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Sandy D.
Another awesome YA book by Halpin - who seems able to channel 15 y.o. boys perfectly. And he doesn't do too badly with girls, either, but his characterization of boys is just unbelievable.

This is the story of two cousins - one a charming but lazy kid who lives in a loft in Boston with his vaguely hippy parents, who send him to an alternative hs; the other a suburban kid who works hard in an effort to disguise the fact that he's not ok - his mother is an addict, and he's still grieving the loss
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Nick
May 23, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it
How ya like me now, by Brendan Halpin, is about a young boy, named Eddie, who leaves his old life behind him due to his mom going into rehab and his dad passing away. He if fortunate enough to have his aunt and uncle allow him to stay with them. The author writes about Eddie's new life and how it affects him. The author's purpose in writing this book was to show how a kid can go through the worst yet still manage to not completely fall apart. To start off Eddie's journey, he moves into his new h ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 15, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of Young Adults Mainstream Novels
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Gerri's Gift?
I seriously considered giving this four stars, but it didn't quite meet my criteria for that. Does this have an unforgettable character, if not a MacBeth or Jean Valjean, then a Sherlock Holmes or Horatio Hornblower? Does it have a gorgeous prose style or unique voice that I feel writer's envy? Did I cry? Did it make me think? Show me a world I didn't know? Surprise me with an amazing plot twist? Make me laugh out loud? No.

But it did make me smile madly more than once and smile through a lot of
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

HOW YA LIKE ME NOW by Brendan Halpin is the story of opposites. One boy - his father dead and his mother entering rehab to kick her OxyContin habit. Another boy - two caring parents and anything he needs and wants.

Eddie and Alex are cousins. They haven't seen each other much over the years, but that's all about to change.

Eddie's lost his dad unexpectedly, and he has found himself taking over for his mother more and more lately. S
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First Second Books
I love Brendan Halpin’s books! I don’t know how he manages to make teenagers suffering through terrible things interesting and relatable and not PEOPLE SUFFERING TERRIBLE THINGS but people, who are suffering terrible things. It seems like an excellent skill to have, especially if you are a writer!

This book is about (predictably) a teenager suffering terrible things; it’s about a boy whose mother goes to rehab and he has to go live with an aunt and uncle he barely knows. But that is kind of besi
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Robin
May 12, 2009 Robin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like realistic teen fiction
This is another wonderful fiction title by Brendan Halpin. He writes in an authentic voice that I've heard the kids who come into my library use. The scenes in the charter school remind me of when I visit a class at a charter school here and the way the kids interact with their teacher. This story is set in Boston but it could be anywhere because the story of a teen whose dad dies and his mom gets addicted to pain killers could happen anywhere. It could definitely be any teen's story but it's Ed ...more
Jasmine Rockwell
Jan 27, 2016 Jasmine Rockwell rated it really liked it
The cover doesn't do a good job of selling it but I really liked it.
Laurie
May 05, 2008 Laurie added it
Shelves: wmslibrary
The dead father/drug-addicted mother beginning makes it seem like a typical problem novel, but this YA book turned out to have some charm and humor, especially in depicting the friendships/relationships among the students at an inner-city Boston high school. It reminded me a lot of The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin, a good YA.

This book led me to ponder the question, though, of whether any middle school boys, or males at all, like to read realistic fiction. I don't see much at my school (or fro
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Ms. Heres
Fifteen-year-old Eddie lost his dad to cancer and has now basically lost his mom to drugs. His life is turned upside down as he is forced to move. In a new house, at a new school, and surrounded by people he does not feel comfortable with, Eddie has to learn to cope. That is much easier said than done.
Tracie
Jan 19, 2012 Tracie rated it really liked it
Brendan Halpin is quickly becoming a favorite author. A very welcome addition to books for boys about realistic subjects told with humor, understanding and intelligence.
After his father dies, Eddie's mother becomes addicted to pain killers. Eddie is managing everything okay, but he can't pay the bills and this leads to his mother going to rehab. Eddie goes to live with his cousin, aunt and uncle whose lives are really different from the life he's been living. This is a story about family, ang
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Kelly
Aug 05, 2007 Kelly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: would not recommend.
Eddie is a teen with a dead father and a drug addicted mother. Alex is a wealthy teen with loving parents. These boys are cousins but different as night and day. Eddie is very studious, Alex is the class clown. Eddie’s never any luck with the girls and Alex has no problem meeting girls. The boys learn to overcome their differences and find out they have a lot to learn from each other.
The point of view in this story shifts throughout the text and it makes it difficult to know who is telling the s
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Curtis Singleton
Jul 14, 2012 Curtis Singleton rated it liked it
On a serious note, this book helped me appreciate the value of acceptance. Eddy, one of the main characters in the story, recieved the cruelty of life's misfortune. Even though his dose of reality came at a young age, with determination he prospered. Young readers like myself depend on books like these with great morals.
Michelle Sallay
Dec 12, 2012 Michelle Sallay rated it liked it
I really like Brendan Halpin, but this wasn't my favorite of his books. It was still a great story with some heart, but I struggled keeping all of the characters straight for a good portion of the book. It wasn't always clear to me who was talking, but I still liked it enough to finish it with a smile.
Cate
Aug 23, 2007 Cate rated it liked it
I've really enjoyed Halpin's memoirs, It Takes a Worried Man and Losing My Faculties. His fiction isn't bad either. This is more of a YA book, but it wasn't bad. He writes teen dialogue -- and teen angst -- very well.
Jay
Mar 17, 2009 Jay rated it liked it
Good read but not as good as the other Halpin books I've read. What I liked about it and Halpin's other books is how he focuses on the emotions of his characters. You feel for them and with them.
Cynthia E Sherman
Mar 19, 2012 Cynthia E Sherman rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It was a moving book with aspects of life, troubled times, successes, and growing up.
Sara
Mar 29, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, books-of-2009
Maria
Sep 14, 2007 Maria rated it really liked it
i like any book that makes me laugh out loud in triumph during a dramatic video game sequence.
Kelly
Nov 17, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Grade 10 to 12 Great for Teen boys
Sal
Mar 16, 2013 Sal rated it really liked it
interesting...........
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I grew up in Cincinnati, went to college in Philadelphia, and also lived in Taipei and Edinburgh along the way. I've lived in Boston since 1991.

I became a professional writer in 2000, writing about my late wife Kirsten's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Kirsten died in 2003, leaving me and our daughter Rowen. I married Suzanne in 2005 and got her kids Casey and Kylie in the deal too. Bargain
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