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The compelling and beautifully written story of first love, first sex, and everything in between from the writer behind Gladiator and Shadowlands.
Maddy Fisher has decided to fall in love. And not just any sort of love: can't-eat can't-sleep crazy in love. Rich Ross is after the same thing. He's set his sights high, and he's going to make it happen. The problem is, in life's messy whirlwind of friends and lies and sex and porn, the real thing can be hard to fine. But there's always a first time for everything... Handled with the honesty and artistry of a true literary great, Rich and Mad follows two people getting to grips with what it means to be in a ‘boy meets girl’ situation. A true book for teens.
One of the greatest writers of our time, William Nicholson has not only sold millions of children’s books worldwide through his Wind on Fire and Noble Warriors trilogies, he’s also written for the screen and the stage, including the Oscar-winning film Gladiator and the BAFTA-winning play Shadowlands.
In this tender book about first love from Nicholson (the Noble Warriors series), classmates Rich and Maddy barely know each other when he asks her for help winning over her friend, Grace. But after they each face heartbreak, 16-year-olds Maddy and Rich realize they are meant for each other. Readers will easily fall for these sensitive teenagers. Rich reads from Erich Fromm's The Art of Loving and reveals vulnerable feelings in his journal ("So what happens if all the girls I want turn out not to want me?"). Maddy, meanwhile, is coping with her father's affair, a friend's betrayal, and a growing understanding that love and her emotions are complex ("I'm complicated in ways I've never realized before. Not just happy or sad, but both, and all the shades in-between, all the time"). There is a lot of intense background plotting, including Maddy's older sister's abusive relationship and a teacher who leaves amid rumors that he is "a danger to the students." But it's Rich and Maddy's honest (and explicit) exploration of themselves, love, sex, and each other that will most make an impression. Ages 14 up.