Kind of a Big Deal
From Shannon Hale, bestselling author of Austenland, comes Kind of a Big Deal: a story that will suck you in—literally.
“So many strange and wonderful things happen at every twist and turn, you'll be happy to wander with Josie . . . Each book she descends into seems to teach her something, and even if it's not obvious where the story is going, we're in it for the long haul.” —NPR
There's nothing worse than peaking in high school. Nobody knows that better than Josie Pie.
She was kind of a big deal—she dropped out of high school to be a star! But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. And Josie fell. Hard. Ouch. Broadway dream: dead.
Meanwhile, her life keeps imploding. Best friend: distant. Boyfriend: busy. Mom: not playing with a full deck? Desperate to escape, Josie gets into reading.
Literally. She reads a book and suddenly she's inside it. And with each book, she’s a different character: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead in a YA rom-com, a 17th century wench in a corset.
It’s alarming. But also . . . kind of amazing?
It’s the perfect way to live out her fantasies. Book after book, Josie the failed star finds a new way to shine. But the longer she stays in a story, the harder it becomes to escape.
Will Josie find a story so good that she just stays forever?
Josie Pie "was kind of a big deal" in her Yasmine, Ariz., high school, certain that her star power as an actress and vocalist would immediately land her on Broadway, but after dropping out senior year and moving to New York City, Josie's life is far from the triumph she imagined, and she can't afford to stay. Freshly relocated to Missoula, Mont., with the family she nannies for, she struggles to handle her overwhelming credit card debt, shifting relationships with her boyfriend Justin and best friend Nina, and the growing awareness that the future she so yearned for has failed to materialize. When Josie gets literally absorbed in the books she's reading becoming a maiden in a historical romance, a survivor during the Zombloid apocalypse, a superheroine in a graphic novel, and more, with real-life people as supporting characters she begins to find it increasingly difficult to return to reality. Hale's cross-genre adventure is playful and effective, allowing Josie to gain perspective as she works through feelings she's long ignored. Cogently revealing the fallibility of ourselves and those we trust, this coming-of-age story will especially appeal to readers exploring post high school liminal spaces. Ages 12 up.