Stoner and Spaz

Stoner and Spaz

by Ron Koertge
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Stoner and Spaz by Ron Koertge

A funny, in-your-face novel starring an unlikely teenage pair - a sheltered cinemaphile with cerebral palsy and the tattooed, straight-talking stoner who steals his heart.

For sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft - a kid with cerebral palsy, no parents, and an overprotective grandmother - the closest thing to happiness is hunkering alone in the back of the Rialto Theatre watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. Of course he waits for the lights to dim before making an entrance, so that his own lurching down the aisle doesn’t look like an ad for Monster Week. The last person he wants to run into is drugged-up Colleen Minou, resplendent in ripped tights, neon miniskirt, and an impressive array of tattoos. But when Colleen climbs into the seat beside him and rests a woozy head on his shoulder, Ben has that unmistakable feeling that his life is about to change.

With unsparing humor and a keen flair for dialogue, Ron Koertge captures the rare repartee between two lonely teenagers on opposite sides of the social divide. It’s the tale of a self-deprecating protagonist who learns that kindred spirits can be found for the looking - and that the incentive to follow your passion can be set into motion by something as simple as a human touch.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763657574
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 387,340
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ron Koertge is the author of several acclaimed novels, including THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS. Of STONER & SPAZ, he says, "My wife works with the disabled. One night she came home and told me about a young man she'd been working with. He had C.P. and a terrific sense of humor. Coincidentally, that day I had talked to a former student of mine who'd recently been in rehab for substance abuse. What would happen, I wondered, if those two knew each other? Two months later—the first draft of STONER & SPAZ." Ron Koertge lives in South Pasadena, California.

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Stoner and Spaz 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am ashamed to admit that I only chose this book because it looked like a quick read for a book project. I finished it in about a day, but not because it was so short, it was compelling. I loved how different the characters were from most other books I have read. The pairing of Ben and Colleen is something you will never most likely see in real life, but Koertge makes it work well enough to be believable. I would recomend this book for mature readers. There is quiet a bit of language and some sexual content. I am sixteen years old, and I enjoyed this book very much. It's one of the best ones I have read in a long time.
Masarati8thlit More than 1 year ago
In Stoner and Spaz, Ben and Colleen have a relationship that is unmatched by other friendships. It started in the movie theatre and blasted off from a rest on a shoulder. Ben knew his life would change the instant Colleen put her head on his shoulder to nap in the movie theatre. What started as a simple ride home ended up as a wild ride into a life that Ben never knew existed. The book is a heartwarming, opposites attract story about beating the odds and still coming out on top, and the way Keortge presents that is a milestone for writing skills. I was able to read the entire story in less than a day, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I just love the way that Ben and Colleen connect with such an unstable social status. For this book, I give it two thumbs all the way up. (Joe R. 2B, Ms. Lasley)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was kind of boring for me. I finished it purely because I started it and I have to finish everything I start. I honestly wouldn't reccommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK PPLS THERE IS A TOTAL SPAZ AT MY SCHOOL IF U KNOW HIM HIM NAME IS MATT SCHAFER. SORRY IF U CAN'T PRENONCE THE LASY NAME BUT SERIOUSLY HE I LIKE SPAZZING OUT ALL DA TIME NO JOKE, BUT HE IS PRETTY CUTE WHAT SHOULD I DO? IF U HAVE AADVISE ENTILE UR REVEIW BAD BOOKZ ASVISE THAT IS MY NAME. PS PPLS THIS BOOK HS NOTING TO DO WIT DA BOOK AND LOOK FUR MORE OF MY REALLY FUNNY/ ADVISE REVEIW PEACE OUT BOOK PEEPS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need a dictionary.
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I tried 2 get sample but my nook said it was in my library. Its not. Saddness.... so much saddness
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Tess Mckenzie More than 1 year ago
I loved how 2 very different people became friends, although it seemed a bit unrealistic. Over all, it was pretty good!
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