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Freak Magnet

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  315 ratings  ·  65 reviews
A novel about freaks, geeks, crushes, and friends—and how sometimes you can be all of them at once.

Charlie is the freak. Gloria is the freak magnet. They're pretty much destined to meet. And when they do, sparks fly . . . for Charlie. Gloria, well, she just thinks he's like every other freak who feels compelled to talk to her, although a little better-looking than most.

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ebook, 304 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published June 1st 2010)
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Erin
1.5 stars

If writing is an art, Andrew Auseon is doing a paint-by-number. None of the characters drew my interest, the romance irritated me, and the "darker" elements of the plot were touched on in a very shallow manner. Boooo.

Charlie is the protagonist. He is another one of those characters who seem like they have Aspergers but this fact is never acknowledged. I'm not sure if Auseon was trying to convince me that Charlie was actually a normal person, just more comfortable with expressing his wei...more
Carla
You know that feeling you get when you love something so much you want to climb to the top of a very tall building and shout so loud you burst your own eardrums. Well, thats kind of how Freak Magnet made me feel. The only problem is that I'm kind of scared of heights, so that puts a downer on the whole situation, so I'm going to have to settle for shouting my love across the interweb. Can you hear that girl shouting "Charlie Whyatt I LOVE YOU" yeah, thats me. I really didn't know what to expect...more
Angela
Gloria considers Charlie a "Freak" and herself a "Freak Magnet" - but if she's the magnet, how come she finds herself unable to stay away from Charlie after their initial (awkard) meeting?

Despite his awkwardness, I found Charlie to be the more engaging narrator here. While both he and Gloria are dealing with weighty issues outside of their relationship, Charlie's felt more complex. Charlie is somewhat autistic (rather mildly - Marcelo from Marcelo and the Real World, another recent autism-spectr...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Hannah Marie for TeensReadToo.com

The quirky characters are believable. Their unexpected romance is perfect. But most importantly, the spontaneous order that brings them together is exactly what they both need.

Charlie Wyatt is something else, alright. He's an astronomy nerd, talks way too much when he's nervous, and secretly earns his daily strength from a Superman costume he wears underneath his clothes. As far as Gloria Aboud goes, she's one tough cookie you don't want to mess with....more
Liza Gilbert
3.5 stars

I was prepared to really not like this book. The idea of dorky guy meets hot girl has been done so many times its almost its own subgenre.

But, Auseon had me laughing consistently throughout the book and the serious situations in both Freak and Magnet's lives were done achingly well.

However, it still comes down to being a book about a dork meeting a beauty, even if it is near the top of that genre.

(Note: Freak's meltdown while working at the store is worth reading the entire book. Anyone...more
Kalyn Schwartz
This book was really well written. I like how the author incorporates teenage love and the ridiculousness things that a teenager will do to talk to the person they love. "Freak Magnet" was quite humorous. I recommend this book to someone looking for a book to make them smile. The title fits this story so much, it's unbelievable. From Charlie, "the freak" to Gloria, "the freak magnet", I fell in love with the characters. They we're all so realistic. The author uses good description to make you im...more
Faythe
Quirky, fun and charming. Love it.
Jaell
It is not my usual type of read. I picked it up... I don't remember why. Maybe because it seemed like a simple love story, but with elements I could relate to. Like the fact of beeing a freak or a nerd and never really knowing what to say.

It was exactly that, a cute little story. I liked it. I liked the freak, but I never really connected to the magnet, her chapters took me ages to read. I think that's why half way through I began to lose interest in their story... Because they didn't have much...more
Claire
This is where the stars fail- there is the '3 star I liked it" as opposed to not liking the book, then there are the 3 stars "I liked it" as opposed to really really liking the book.

This book falls on the positive side. Ah shoot, I am just going for four.

I started the book, gave up and then went back to it. I am happy that I did.

The Freak Magnet and the Freak alternate voices in the book. Charlie falls somewhere in the autism spectrum and he knows it. Gloria is self critical, grief stricken, a...more
Lauren
*4.5*

It's as simple as this: I ADORED Freak Magnet to the max. It was fun, witty, and real- three characteristics that when mixed together make for pure awesomeness.

Both of the characters in Freak Magnet were ones I loved. No lie about it. Charlie was extremely sweet and chivalrous; a character who always had me laughing at his way of telling it like it is no matter how bad the consequences would be. And Gloria, while distant and moody at times, was always witty and intelligent; someone I would...more
Shaniqua Lizardo
3.5 stars for the last hundred pages.

Honestly, I just picked up this book because 1. all the other YA books on the shelf had a girl on the cover, and this was a stand-out and 2. it was on sale. It wasn't particularly memorable or moving, but an enjoyable read all the same.

I really liked Charlie. I loved that he seemed real despite his craziness. He was just quirky enough to work for me. The author has a talent for characterization, I think. He made each character unique and interesting without...more
Teen
Meet the freak: Charlie is definitely dancing to his own tune. He is crazily smart and impulsive. He acts like a big kid who doesn’t worry about what people think to an extreme. His family is very poor and his mom is very ill. He likes to pretend he is Superman.

Meet the magnet: Gloria is beautiful and annoyed. She keeps a “Freak Folio” to record her interactions with the freaks of the world. Her father is gone. Her mother is perfect (high-priced lawyer with not a hair out of place). Her older si...more
Jacki
Summary: Charlie Wyatt has no social filter. He always says what he thinks without hesitation, and if that means asking a woman buying laxatives if she has an eating disorder or telling a complete stranger that she's beautiful, so be it. He wears a Superman suit under his clothes to help him cope with a life of working in a drug store and taking care of his mother, who has Huntington's. Oh, also? He's a genius who has probably discovered a comet and is leaving for Chile in two weeks for a presti...more
Yan
Have you ever lived on the edge? Where your highs reached the peaks of the mountains and your lows reached the depths of the ocean? That sums up Charlie quite nicely. Charlie's isn't what you could call the "best" customer service because his mouth gets the best of him at times—always speaking more than needed, and most of the time, more than he should. That's why when Charlie spots the most beautiful girl that he has ever seen, he just has to tell her that. Even if that means chasing her down t...more
Rachel
The story itself was okay, I guess, and I could tell that characters had backstories that were hinted at that were deeper than what was actually revealed, which made it a little more interesting. But my main issue with this book was the huge and unacceptable level of entitlement that the male protagonist, Charlie, felt.

At the very start of the book, when Charlie sees Gloria for the first time, he literally chases her into the street, running, and yells at her that she is the most beautiful girl...more
Leeah George
Charlie Wyatt is something else, alright. He's an astronomy nerd, talks way too much when he's nervous, and secretly earns his daily strength from a Superman costume he wears underneath his clothes. As far as Gloria Aboud goes, she's one tough cookie you don't want to mess with. Yet, she has an expressive side that comes out in her poetry. They are the last people you'd ever expect to end up with one another. As this story proves, though, sometimes it's our life challenges and struggles that bri...more
Anna
Am I the only one that finds Charlie to be an awesome guy? I get that he is pretty cheesy and weird, and he's especially strange, but like Gloria in the story I felt that he was innocently sweet. Like how he ran to Gloria just to tell her that she was beautiful, and how he would do just about anything for her. He was very socially awkward but during the story I would burst out laughing at the silly things he would say to the customers that came to the little convenience store he worked at. To me...more
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Freak Magnet by Andrew Auseon

Have you ever met a stranger that said something to you that changed your life for the better? That’s exactly what happened to Gloria Aboud in Andrew Auseon’s book Freak Magnet. One day a unusual stranger named Charlie Wyatt falls in love with Gloria and tell her how he feels as soon as he goes up to her. Gloria thinks he’s just like any other freak that goes up to and disregards him. They keep seeing each other and eventually...more
Tayra
Due to the fact that this was one of the first young adult novels I ever came to own, I am very fond of this book.

Before this book I had read some other YA novels, but they were books I had borrowed. I never really felt compelled to buy books. But then I saw this book's bright red spine on Borders, a store I would often browse but never buy anything of, and felt a strong attraction. A magnetic attraction.

Freak Magnet is a he said she said novel about Charlie(A.K.A The Freak), a strange, superbl...more
Anna
Gloria is a girl who's the attraction of all weirdos a.k.a freaks and because of this, she keeps a journal called her "Freak Folio" where she writes poetry about how she's feeling and what she sees. Charlie is the exact opposite of Gloria, he's completely honest, a freak show, way too nice, and he's hiding a secret from everyone. When Gloria and Charlie meet, they're first impressions of each other are a bit weird but eventually they warm up to each other. As Charlie deals with his fear of his m...more
Heather
This novel is about a "freak" named Charlie and a "magnet" named Gloria. Charlie is a very interesting character. He has Asperger-type behaviors and totally sees the world in his own way and he embraces that.

When we first hear about Gloria, the reader makes the assumption that she is one of the beautiful girls who has no problems.

Then Charlie sees Gloria and their story begins.

The chapters alternate in this book between Charlie and Gloria. Charlie first sees Gloria when she enters a coffee shop...more
Autumn
Gloria is the Magnet, a tough, quirky, guarded girl with a chip n her shoulder the size of a barn door. Charlie is the freak, a self contained genius with near zero social skills and absolutely no problem being himself. Both characters face personal problems and past tragedy with varying degrees of success, and both have problems with personal limits: Gloria is all limit and Charlie has none at all. The challenge the face is whether Charlie can break down Gloria's walls before sorrow drowns them...more
Suzy
A young adult book. Without ever stating it, it seems clear that the male protagonist, Charlie -- the "freak" in the title -- is on the autism spectrum. He is 17-years old, and fascinated by two things: astronomy and Superman. His best (and only) friend is Paul Edison, who happens to be paraplegic. Then he meets Gloria, a prickly and eccentric girl, who considers herself to be a "freak magnet" and in fact keeps a journal where she writes about all of the freaks who approach her. Despite Gloria's...more
Nicole Vieger
Overall, I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I thought I would. I thought it would be one of those critically acclaimed books where you couldn't help but love it. It was like this in the beginning, but then it started to decline in quality. It's descriptions and sentences weren't the standard it was at first. Maybe this is because the book started with a very happy mood but then, as the book went on, it became more and more depressing. The ending was happy, but I couldn't help but feel sad...more
P.M.
Charlie Wyatt is the freak while Gloria Aboud is the magnet. They couldn't be more opposite as he is an astronomy afficionado while she writes poetry. Yet both are dealing with sadness. Her brother was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan and his mother has been living with Huntington's Disease for ten years. Charlie is also a fan of superheroes and has been wearing a Superman costume under his clothes for eight months. His job at a pharmacy is driving him crazy and he can't wait until he ca...more
Judy (Geeky Reading)
~3.5/5
This is about Gloria, the girl who tends to attract freaks of all kinds even though she wants nothing to do with them, and Charlie, the good-hearted freak who is sure that she's the one.
Gloria is nice, even while (understandably) wary of Charlie. And Charlie is slightly autistic, which only made him more fun, and nice, and good. I would hang out with both of them, but Charlie is my favorite.
Freak Magnet was really good. It was a fun, light, cute read. The characters were good and well writ...more
Ken
Freak Magnet is a story of a young man who sees himself as a misfit, devoid of social skills with very little hope of ever gaining them -- the Freak -- and a young woman, who seems to draw the attention of people but who only wants to push them, all of them, away -- the Magnet. When their worlds collide, his in-your-face enthusiasm crashes right into her prickly demands to be left alone. Will they ever see past their own caricatures of themselves and each other? If they face the problems in thei...more
Brenda
I had reservations about picking up this book. I am embarrassed to say it was because it was a young adult novel written by a guy. I've just found that male authors tend to stick a lot of swearing and other gross guy things in their writing, if you know what I mean. I was pleasantly surprised by this book because it was pretty clean (maybe one or two bad words). That is one reason it got 4 stars from me.

Another reason it got 4 stars is because I thought the writing was good and the story was so...more
Norma
Freak Magnet is about two teens who are going through a very difficult time each. As they get to know each other they find out that they have very different ways on dealing with their problems and that meeting may have been destiny( I think ) ❤️ I really enjoyed this fast read!
Jodotha
This book is about real people. They don't fit into boxes or a diagnosis (I've seen reviews that diagnose Charlie as Asperger's, but the truth is, he isn't textbook anything) and that's exactly what makes it wonderful. Instead of trying to write a kid with Aspies, the author wrote CHARLIE. Charlie, who talks too much, but looks people in the eyes. And Gloria isn't just a depressed teen, she's GLORIA, a real girl struggling with real life.
I enjoyed this book on both an emotional and intellectual...more
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Andrew Auseon is a writer of novels for young people, and a designer of video games. He holds a B.A. from Ohio University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from the prestigious Vermont College.

He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Sarah Zogby, and their two daughters.
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