The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happens

by Bill Konigsberg

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Overview

* "Konigsberg demonstrates once again why he is one of the major voices in LGBTQ literature." — Booklist, starred review

Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever.

Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what's considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.

Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk — to get the thing they want the most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338215502
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 25,540
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bill Konigsberg is the author of five books for young adults, most recently Honestly Ben. His books have won awards including the Stonewall Book Award, the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and the Lambda Literary Award. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their two Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford. Please visit him online at www.billkonigsberg.com and @billkonigsberg.

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Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever.

Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what's considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.

Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk — to get the thing they want the most.

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The Music of What Happens 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Bookyogi 4 months ago
I really love this genre. I love authors exploring the issue, accepting and acknowledging everyone is different and that is to be celebrated, bringing current issues to light. The author succeeds in this as well as how messed up adults can be in what not to do. I also enjoy those aha moments when the title of a book becomes clear; this is is done well too. While I didn’t find this book to be at the same caliber as the books like Autoboyography and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (to name just a couple), I did like the author’s effort in exploring the tough issues and bringing some unique issues to light.
Kirk Eichelberger Jr. 11 months ago
I love Bill Konigsberg writing! I've read just about every novel and they are all brilliantly written, filled with love and light and tackles some heavy topics. The Music of What Happens is no different! It is a beautiful and quick read (one that you'll want to read again) If you are in need of finding some strength this book is sure to help! Please pick this one up! "keep rumbling with your truth. you're extremely badass"
Mfdrum6 11 months ago
Having read all of Bill Konigsberg’s works I obviously had to preorder this book the second if became available. I waited nearly a year for this release and could not wait to get my hands on this story. Plain and simple “The Music of What Happens” has easily become my favorite of all his works! (Thus Far) From the moment I met Max and Jordan I could not put this book down! I hope to keep this Spoiler-Free but all I can say is this story made me laugh out loud, made me cry, I literally felt like Max and Jordan were real people I could know & wish I actually knew. Their experiences make for a phenomenal story, from a phenomenal author, and an important story not just for us LGBTQIA, but for anyone looking to experience life through the music of what happens.