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Blake Nelson

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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 January of 2016.



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New novel BOY in stores now, with new re-issue of GIRL! Boy by Blake Nelson
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"I've been a fan Blake Nelson ever since his cult classic GIRL back in the 90's. The narrator of RED PILL, Martin, is similar to GIRL's Andrea, in that they are both kind of hapless, upbeat, charming people with interesting (but not judgemental) insig" Read more of this review »
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"Dirty Snow: a withering parade of apathy, it languishes and eventually disintegrates in a desolate gray landscape of inscrutable uncertainty. (A perfect summer beach read.) Eighteen-year-old Frank, the fiercely vacant antihero, is a callous, arrogant" Read more of this review »
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"I devoured it. The same way I devoured Girl almost 22 years ago. There's just something about Blake Nelson's writing style and characters that makes me pause and absorb the words every couple of pages. That perfect way he describes certain things. BO" Read more of this review »
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Recovery Road by Blake Nelson
“But I let myself love him anyway. I let myself love him with all my heart. I give myself that. I tell myself I deserve it.”
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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.”
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“Life is ridiculous. It's not our fault.”
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“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.”
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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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Alshia Moyez Thank you so much, Blake! ^-^


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


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