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Quick repartee. Unsparing wit. Insight, poignancy, and spot-on characters. Welcome the much-awaited sequel to the acclaimed Stoner & Spaz.

Beautiful but troubled Colleen Minou is the only girl who ever looked at Ben Bancroft as more than a spaz— more than just that kid with cerebral palsy. Yet the more time Ben spends with her, the more glaring their differences appear. Is what Ben feels for Colleen actual affection, or more like gratitude? Then there’s Amy (aka A.J.), who ...

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Overview

Quick repartee. Unsparing wit. Insight, poignancy, and spot-on characters. Welcome the much-awaited sequel to the acclaimed Stoner & Spaz.

Beautiful but troubled Colleen Minou is the only girl who ever looked at Ben Bancroft as more than a spaz— more than just that kid with cerebral palsy. Yet the more time Ben spends with her, the more glaring their differences appear. Is what Ben feels for Colleen actual affection, or more like gratitude? Then there’s Amy (aka A.J.), who is everything Colleen isn’t, and everything Ben’s grandma wants for him: clean-cut and upper-class, academically driven, just as obsessed with filmmaking as Ben is. But what does A.J. see when she looks at Ben? CP? Or the person behind the twisted body? In Ron Koertge’s sharp, darkly humorous follow-up to the award-winning Stoner & Spaz, Ben tries to come to terms with his confused feelings toward A.J. and his inimitable connection to Colleen, who is sometimes out of it, sometimes into him, and always exhilarating.

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Publishers Weekly
Nine years after Stoner & Spaz (2002), Koertge picks up where the first installment left off, with Ben (a rich kid with cerebral palsy) and Colleen (a drug addict with no functioning parent) alternatively in love and at odds. Before Ben, 16, met Colleen, he'd lived vicariously through film, and her interest in him shook him out of his stupor. "I was for sure headed for Hermitville. Odd-Duck Town. Weirdo City," he admits. But Colleen is a lot of work—she relapses frequently, his grandmother disapproves of her, she kisses him passionately then leaves a party with someone else. "You just wear me out," he tells her. Ben has made one well-received student film; now he's searching for a second subject. Is it Colleen? Is it his mother, who left him on his grandmother's doorstep 12 years earlier? There's scant plot, but Koertge writes sharp dialogue and vivid scenes. Little is resolved for either character except that they seem better off with each other than without, which is likely how many readers will feel about these companionable misfits, too. Ages 14–up. (Aug.)
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The repartee between Ben and Colleen -- funny, suggestive, and intense -- is spot-on, and readers will easily sympathize with both teens and their frustrating choices, while the adult characters and their problems are equally unique and well-developed. A rollercoaster of authentic emotions, Koertge's novel offers readers a fast, furious, and satisfyingly upbeat view of the world.
—Booklist (starred review)

Koertge writes crisp dialogue and ably captures both Ben's bewilderment as he moves from loser recluse to Mr. Popularity and his complex feelings toward A.J. and Colleen....Movie buffs will appreciate the references to films, a hallmark of Ben's first outing. Readers familiar with the first book will be glad to see Ben's return; newcomers will be glad they finally met him.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

VOYA - Paula Gallagher
Watch enough romantic comedies and you will spot her—the manic, pixie, dream girl (MPDG), a daring, outspoken young woman with interesting hair and a quirky sense of style. She is smart, snarky, and maybe unlawful. She swoops in to rescue the buttoned-up, emotionally disconnected hero from himself. Colleen Minou is that MPDG, unfortunately referred to as Stoner in the title of this sequel to the 2002 Stoner & Spaz (Candlewick/VOYA April 2002). She has a drug problem and a crazy stripper mom. Movie buff Ben Bancroft is a coddled preppie, raised by a wealthy philanthropist grandma who dresses him in khakis and oxford cloth and makes sure he eats enough fiber. He defines himself by his spastic cerebral palsy, which cripples the left side of his body. Hooking up with Colleen in the first book failed to boost Ben's self esteem. He constantly refers to himself as Spaz, cripple, retard, odd duck, weirdo and hermit. He meets A.J., an equally-moneyed, movie-loving girl who might be interested in him, but she does not excite him like MPDG. No matter how many times Colleen disappears, gets high, and then shows up for attention, he will welcome her back. Now Playing picks up a couple of days after Stoner & Spaz ends, but for readers, it has been nine years between books. Society's use of technology has progressed tremendously since 2002, so it seems odd that Ben's grandma is finally allowing him his "own Verizon account." At last he has email! Moreover, Koertge fails to successfully capture the thoughts and language of today's teens. Despite a number of current pop culture references, Now Playing reads as though it has been stuck in time. Readers might wonder if a sequel was necessary. Reviewer: Paula Gallagher
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this series/sequel-crazy market, it's unusual for an author to wait for almost 10 years to revisit characters and a plot that worked. Koertge notes that Ben Bancroft, half crippled by cerebral palsy, and Colleen Minou, not-quite clean-and-sober pothead, are characters who "weren't finished with me." That's good news for lovers of Stoner & Spaz (Candlewick, 2002) and for those who will grab it after enjoying this book. Colleen changes Ben's life in the first novel through acceptance, and he is riding a small wave of success in making and showing a documentary of the disparate groups from his high school. He still loves movies, both at a retro film house and at his home, shared with his wealthy, distant but loving grandmother. And he still loves Colleen, whose tongue in his ear drives him wild and whose clasp of his withered hand makes him feel life can be more than watching movies. This time, it's Colleen whose hang-ups and tattered life need fixing, while Ben entertains the idea of a different sort of girl friend: A.J., another teen filmmaker from a "good" family who wants Ben to capitalize on the sadness of his life and on the pain of others to make art. Colleen helps Ben dirty up his life with a search for his long-lost mother while she tries to clean up her own by moving away from her stripper mom, getting a job, and working the steps. Colleen, rebellious, and Ben, thoughtful-the dynamic still works. The wry truth of the tale might just capture the next generation of YA readers.—Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 9 Up—If opposites attract, Ben and Colleen are prime examples in Ronald Koertge's sequel (2011) to Stoner & Spaz (2004, both Candlewick). He's smart, sensitive, clean-cut, a movie buff, and crippled by cerebral palsy. She's tattooed, beautiful, and free-spirited, and alternates between attending 12-step meetings and using drugs. Frustrated by Colleen's inability to commit, Ben pursues a relationship initiated by AJ, an upper class fellow filmmaker. However, it soon becomes clear that AJ's motives may be less than stellar, and Colleen and Ben may be far more alike than they are different. Listeners need not be familiar with the first title. Although there are several unresolved story lines and an abrupt ending, this novel is raw, direct, and smart. Josh Hamilton's narration is spot-on as he captures the nuances of teen angst. Pair the audio with the book for reluctant readers.—Lisa Hubler, Charles F Brush High School, Lyndhurst, OH
Kirkus Reviews

In this darkly humorous sequel, Koertge continues the adventures of 16-year-old Ben Bancroft, "the Spaz," the kid with cerebral palsy readers met in the insightful and engaging Stoner & Spaz (2001).

At the close of the first book, Ben was enjoying the sweet smell of success with the premiere of his first documentary,High School Confidential, and a beautiful girl, A.J., had just hit on him. His happiness is short-lived, because Colleen, Ben's sharp-tongued friend who is in rehab, leaves the premiere to hook up with some random guy to get stoned. This book picks up a few days later, with Ben still confused about his feelings about Colleen. He loves her beauty and wit and the fact that she totally gets him, but he knows Grandma will never approve. A.J. represents everything his grandmother wants for him, but why does Ben feel like her project rather than a friend whenever they're together? Koertge writes crisp dialogue and ably captures both Ben's bewilderment as he moves from loser recluse to Mr. Popularity and his complex feelings toward A.J. and Colleen. Ben's long-absent mother's appearance offers an opportunity to recognize the value of his grandmother.Movie buffs will appreciate the references to films, a hallmark of Ben's first outing.

Readers familiar with the first book will be glad to see Ben's return; newcomers will be glad they finally met him.(Fiction. 14 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455820566
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including Stoner & Spaz, Strays, and The Brimstone Journals, all American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, and American Library Association Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and The Arizona Kid, an American Library Association pick for "one of the ten funniest books of the year." A two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children's Literature, Ron Koertge lives in South Pasadena, California.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

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    I teetered between three and four stars because while I enjoyed

    I teetered between three and four stars because while I enjoyed the story, it seemed to run out of gas toward the end. The relationship between Colleen and Ben continues to have ups and downs, with Colleen trying to stay away from drugs and Ben steadfastly believing in her despite many disappointments. Koertge has the chemistry between the two protangonists down perfectly, in my opinion. I'd have liked to have sees something come of Ben's movie-making with the new camera but perhaps there will be another book? Overall, a very satisfying read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Well...

    Even though i can't get the first book I bet the book is amazing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    ?

    I absolutely adore both installments of this book, and was wondering if a third one will be made any time soon

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