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You’ve Reached Sam meets John Hughes in a funny and heartfelt debut about a boy’s delirious summertime quest with his ex-girlfriend.
The summer after senior year should have been a time for Cam to party and hang out with his friends. It should also have been a time for him to win back the love of his life, Allison Tandy, who'd dumped him so brutally the year before.
But it quickly becomes clear that this summer is going to be worse than a failure for Cam. It's going to be a tragedy.
Ally is left comatose after a terrible car crash, then Cam tears his ACL in a basketball accident. The operation leaves him in agony, confined to his couch and ruminating over the fact that his ex may not survive.
But when (after taking his medication) Cam starts seeing Ally, he starts to think: 1. He may be headed for a complete mental breakdown and 2. This summer might just be interesting afterall.
Brimming with honesty and humor, A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy interrogates how much control we really have over matters of love—and life.
Illinois high school grad Cameron Garrity is experiencing a wobbly entrance into adulthood as he contends with a brutal sports injury and a broken heart in Bishop's sharp debut. Still reeling from his breakup with endlessly charming Allison Tandy the year prior, Cam is gutted after a devastating car wreck puts Allison into a coma. When Cam is administered a new medication to alleviate pain from his torn ACL, the dosage gives him the ability to experience "involuntary metaphysical phantasmal visitations," which present themselves as Ally visiting him at all hours of the day and night. Along with some mutual friends, Ally attempts to help Cam get over their breakup once and for all by enacting the Cam Rebound Project, intent on setting him up with a new girlfriend. But as the pair recount the rise and fall of their relationship, and Ally remains comatose, it becomes increasingly unclear whether either will ever be able to move on. Though comedic one-liners occasionally deflate emotional beats, Bishop employs snappy prose and witty banter to deliver a smart tale about a teen learning how to get out of his own way. Cam and Ally cue as white. Ages 14–up. Agent: Christopher Schelling, Selectric Artists.