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Children's LiteratureLucas is the best matchmaker in Thomas Jefferson High, but finding a match for his best friend Cate may be the biggest challenge he has ever faced. And while Lucas is looking for someone for Cate, he is also looking for Mr. Right for himself. When Cate, Lucas, and their friend Sonja start their sophomore year, Lucas is bound and determined to find Cate's perfect match. He finds a candidate in Derek, the new guy at school who also happens to be the new school soccer star. But as hard as he tries, Lucas cannot seem to get Derek interested in Cate. To make matters worse, Lucas gets a huge crush on Derek. This complicates his friendship with Cate, his matchmaking schemes, and his life as a high school student. But when Derek starts to pay more attention to Lucas than Cate, everyone starts to wonder—who is into who? The Hookup Artist is a light, humorous novel that makes the complicated issues of teen love immediate and real. The author creates genuine friendships and realistic vicious high school gossip that leap off the page. Although the language is supposed to be from the point of view of a teenager, some of the swearing and derogatory comments in the book detract from the story, and make the reader wish that perhaps Mr. Shaw had not been quite as realistic with his teen character's language! Overall, the trials and turmoil the characters face take the reader directly back to the halls of high school, where rumors fly, friendships are complicated, and not everything is always what it appears to be. 2006, Alloy Entertainment/HarperCollins, Ages 14 up.