Lost in the '90s

Lost in the '90s

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by Frank Anthony Polito
     
 

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"AS LONG AS I LIVE, I WILL NEVER FORGET THE NIGHT OF 4.7.12..."

KURT loves the 1990s! Thanks to his parents who graduated Hazel Park High the exact same year he was born - 1994 - he's a walking encyclopedia of '90s nostalgia from "American Pie" to Zima.

DAVE dreams of becoming the next Kurt Cobain. But first, he has to get himself out of "Hazeltucky" - and

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"AS LONG AS I LIVE, I WILL NEVER FORGET THE NIGHT OF 4.7.12..."

KURT loves the 1990s! Thanks to his parents who graduated Hazel Park High the exact same year he was born - 1994 - he's a walking encyclopedia of '90s nostalgia from "American Pie" to Zima.

DAVE dreams of becoming the next Kurt Cobain. But first, he has to get himself out of "Hazeltucky" - and away from the pretty cheerleader he's had his eye on since freshman year at "Hillbilly" High.

MICHELLE's got it all: beauty, brains, a popular boyfriend. The Homecoming Queen of HPHS is going places after graduation. The last thing she needs in her life is a wannabe grunge rocker - or a baby.

"EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!"

At his school's "Lost in the '90s" dance, a wild stage-dive into the mosh pit leaves Kurt facedown on the floor, unconscious. When he wakes, he meets up with Michelle. But the boy doesn't recognize the girl as being one of his classmates...and vice-versa.

After Kurt runs into Dave at the local diner, he senses something is definitely NOT right in the state of Michigan. Is it the old-fashioned TV set showing "Mad About You" reruns during primetime? Or the fact that, suddenly, there's a smoking section over in the corner? Or maybe the date on this week's Metro Times is what finally tips him off:

April 6-12 - 1994!

Soon, it becomes apparent Kurt has traveled back in time. Bill Clinton is President of the United States, Ace of Base holds the #1 song in America, and somewhere in the "Friendly City" of Hazel Park, Kurt's parents are both 18-year-old high school seniors. But where could they possibly be...and what will happen if Kurt bumps into them?

Editorial Reviews

Metro Times
"Lost in the '90s offers a historical snapshot and sweeping theme that things often aren't as bad as they seem."
Romantic Tiimes
"...an overall great, imaginative story with some real, unexpected twists and a wholehearted appreciation of ‘90s music."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615594781
Publisher:
Woodward Avenue Books
Publication date:
03/26/2012
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Frank Anthony Polito is an award-winning author and playwright. He received his BFA in Theatre from Wayne State University and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon. He grew up in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park and currently resides in Sunnyside, Queens, NY.

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Lost in the '90s 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
RLud29 More than 1 year ago
For those who grew up in the 1990s it was a decade of peace and prosperity. Before the internet, cell phones, Netflix and iTunes, there were 'zines, pagers, VHS and record stores. Grunge defined the music of the decade and Kurt Cobain was its most visible symbol. Polito has captured the cultural zeitgeist of this decade in his new book "Lost in the 90s". It is at once a throwback and a love letter to the decade between the Cold War and the War on Terror. However, this Young Adult novel stays away from the politics and focuses on the pop culture of the '90s, specifically in suburban Detroit. Kurt is the son of two "children" of the '90s and through a mix up with his allergy medicine is transported back to April of 1994. At first, Kurt is understandably confused when he wakes up in his high school with some major differences (do schools still have pay phones?) Soon he finds himself tangled in the origins of his own story, the courtship of his parents. This crazy premise works because Polito doesn't worry about the physics of such a journey but focuses on the tremendous transformation of the world in less than 20 years. The story is compelling and interesting. The '90s references highlighted throughout lend nostalgia and humor to keep it light. From the dedication at the beginning "To My Parents" through the entire story, this novel is as much about the parents as it is about the children. The story shows us that we make decisions during a moment in time and though our lives may turn out differently than we had expected, we still wouldn't change anything if we had the chance. "Lost in the 90s" is a novel full of heart. The characters are interesting and funny. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read a charming story about the struggles of growing up in any decade.
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Turns and nips at her leg, but misses and nightpaws claws sink into his neck. He falls,dead.
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Mysticalsong- <p> Gender- female <p> Age- old enough. Started rping her two and a half years ago. <p> Appearance- <br> Fur: its dark black with distant navy blue swirls. <br> Eyes: an almost firey blue. <p> Personality- she used to be extremely friendly and fun but ever since she became a mother, she became quieter and more picky with friends. Loves kits. <p> Kits: rather not talk about them. <p> Mate: had three ex mates. Two disppeared after she had their kits and the last one, she had to quit rping after it took them a while to get together. Not really interested in havibg a te, especially with what happened. <p> History- very long. She was the kit of the leader of HurricaneClan; Mistystar. The clan fell apart and she disappeared, coming up here and there. She ended up alone. Misses her sister, Infernofrost, all the time. Wants to name a future kit after her beloved sister. <p> so yea. That was the shorter version of her history. I can go into detail with a few things that i remember- never met her father, her older sister almost commited suicide, her first crush ended up infernos mate. Ofcourse there are other stories too. Okay well, thats the end of Mysticalsongs bio
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Name: above Age: 4 moons Appearance: Short Grey-ish Black coat, Big Auburn eyes, tip of left ear gone Personality: Shy, kind, caring Please ask if you would like to know more.
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Name: nightkit age: newborn looks: black fur one grey paw blue eyes history: smallest of litt my moms and sent to azure and arrow the wolves to be killed my new mom: eaglewing other:ask
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Name: Darkstone Gender: Male Personality: Practical joker with a fun, upbeat sort of thing goin on! Age: 19 moons Appearance: A dark brown with 2 lightning bolt shaped stripes across my back. Mate: I HAVE NO ONE TO LOVE! Family: Like I said, no one :(
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Name : Lieutent Buttface<p>Gender : Potatoe!<p>Age : 26 moons<p>Rank : Warrior/Queen<p>Looks : silver fur with white tabby stripes. Blue eyes and a long tail. Her paws, tail tip, and underbelly are white. She is considered very pretty by toms.<p>Crush : Darkstone<p>Personality : meet me<p>Likes : ask<p>Dislikes : ask<p>Siggy : C&pi&gamma&sigmav&tau&alpha|m&sigma&sigma&eta &#10023<p>Theme Song : Firework by Katie Perry and Dark Horse, also by Katie Perry<p>Other : Crystalmoon was originally from Solarclan. She was killed by Bloodclan. But she is coming back to life. Her fur and eyes sparkle with starlight and every step she takes a puff of light comes up around her paws.<p>Other Other : ask!
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Name: not thornmask. Age: old enough. Appereance: fur: dyed green with red tips. When not dyed, pure white that takes on a bluish hue in the rain. Eyes: Right one is Firey orange, the other is pitch black. Personality: Strategic mindset and loyal to a fault, compassionate, yet fierce in battle. Kits: ask eaglewing. Mate:Eaglewing. Crush: I have a mate. Think a little, would you? Themesong: too legit to quit by the amity affliction.(warning, metalcore. Dont go unless you like screaming.) History: Long story, ask. Other: what does anyone usually even put here? Just ask. Rank: deputy
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Midnightmist : Age:20 moons Looks: dark black cat with faded gray ears and tail, blue eyes, a several scars on her right hind leg. History: Sadly she was known to be a young assassin when she saw her mother die infront of her she finally gave up killing and found Goldflame and Pebblekit captive with a band of Outcast and took them away and took them in to be her sisters. Gender:She-cat Personality:meet her Mate>crush> kits:N/A Parents: Mother:StarGlow Father:Unkown kin:Unknown but now Goldflame and Pebblekit Other:Ask <p> Goldflame Age: idk as a middle sis Looks:Goldenprange tabby brown eyes with flecks of green, chipped ear History:She and Pebblekit where abandoned by there Father to die but they found a group of outcast, but they became prisoners! One day Midnightmist found herself apon them and with on swift move she slautered the outcasts and silently took us in. Gender : She-cat Personality:Shy at times but very curious and happy! She has a fast temper when you talk about family but it all leads to tears Mate> kits> Crush: N/A Parents:Mother RoseLight, Father:SpottedStorm, Kin: Pebblekit, and now Midnightmist Other:ask <p> Pebblekit Age:3 moons Looks:Calico kitten with big happy brown eyes History:To young to remeber but just remebers the faint voices of her mother and fathers Gender : She-cat Personality: Clever and a little stubborn but is quiet and very sneaky ! Perky happy bubbily but sometimes foreshadows on the past Mate> kit> Crush: N/A Parents: Mother: RoseLight , Father:SpottedStorm, kin:Goldflame and now Midnightmist Other:ask (And then I have to update -_-)