Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner audiobook

Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me

By Gae Polisner
Directed by Jayme Mattler
Read by Bailey Carr

Blackstone Publishing 9781250312235
6.87 Hours Unabridged
Format: MP3 CD (In Stock)
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An unforgettable look at romance and friendship through the eyes of a teen girl who’s ready to grow up, but maybe not as ready as she thinks Fifteen-year-old JL Markham’s life used to be filled with carnival nights and hot summer days spent giggling with her forever-best-friend Aubrey about their families and boys. Together, they were unstoppable. But they aren’t the friends they once were. With JL’s father gone on long-term business and her mother suffering from dissociative disorder, JL takes solace in the tropical butterflies she raises, and in her new, older boyfriend, Max Gordon. Max may be rough on the outside, but he has the soul of a poet (something Aubrey will never understand). Only, Max is about to graduate, and he’s going to hit the road—with or without JL. JL can’t bear being left behind again. But what if devoting herself to Max not only means betraying her parents, but permanently losing the love of her best friend? What becomes of loyalty when no one is loyal to you? Gae Polisner’s Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me is a story about the fragility of female friendship, of falling in love and wondering if you are ready for more, and of the glimmers of hope we find by taking stock in ourselves.

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Summary

Summary

An unforgettable look at romance and friendship through the eyes of a teen girl who’s ready to grow up, but maybe not as ready as she thinks

Fifteen-year-old JL Markham’s life used to be filled with carnival nights and hot summer days spent giggling with her forever-best-friend Aubrey about their families and boys. Together, they were unstoppable. But they aren’t the friends they once were.

With JL’s father gone on long-term business and her mother suffering from dissociative disorder, JL takes solace in the tropical butterflies she raises, and in her new, older boyfriend, Max Gordon. Max may be rough on the outside, but he has the soul of a poet (something Aubrey will never understand). Only, Max is about to graduate, and he’s going to hit the road—with or without JL.

JL can’t bear being left behind again. But what if devoting herself to Max not only means betraying her parents, but permanently losing the love of her best friend? What becomes of loyalty when no one is loyal to you?

Gae Polisner’s Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me is a story about the fragility of female friendship, of falling in love and wondering if you are ready for more, and of the glimmers of hope we find by taking stock in ourselves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Polisner creates a mosaic of visceral images and moods, including emotional and physical longing, as JL navigates the uncomfortable terrain between adolescence and adulthood.” Publishers Weekly
“Anything written by Gae Polisner is a true treat. She commands her craft in a way very few do, and I consider her to be the best voice in the YA Contemporary space. Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me is my favorite book of Polisner’s to date.” YA Books Central
“Polisner captures the overwhelming emotions of that age, creating a situational reality in which each character fits perfectly and has a place in the story.” School Library Journal
“Polisner’s writing is effortless and authentic, and JL is a character that readers will unquestionably relate to. Mental illness, absentee parents, bonds between friends, and the daunting anticipation of first-time sex are woven into JL’s story with unguarded, unvarnished candor. Perfect for readers who love coming-of-age stories and who understand the value of female community.” Booklist
“The major strengths of the book are deft deployment of the emerging butterfly theme, first-person narration by a strong and insightful character, and honest descriptions of JL’s sexual relationship with Max.” Kirkus Reviews
“Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me is an absolutely real, raw, and emotional read, and it’s a book that touched my heart with every page.” Katie McGarry, critically acclaimed author of Only a Breath Apart
“Gae Polisner has done it again. I absolutely loved this beautiful, heart-wrenching story about friendship, family, and first love, and what happens when they all fall apart. Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me is a truly special book.” Lauren Spieller, author of Your Destination Is on the Left
“An intense, sometimes graphic, totally heartbreaking portrait of a character who will keep pages turning.” Booklist (starred review) on In Sight of Stars
“Some of the most beautiful prose you will probably ever read. As far as I’m concerned, [this novel] is the equivalent to Starry Night Over the Rhône, making Gae Polisner the Vincent van Gogh of young adult fiction.” Teenreads on In Sight of Stars
“An achingly fierce exploration of the way the world wounds us and heals us.” Jeff Zentner, William C. Morris Award–winning author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days, on In Sight of Stars

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Author

Author Bio: Gae Polisner

Author Bio: Gae Polisner

Gae Polisner is the award-winning author of several books, including The Memory of Things, named a Golden Archer Children’s Choice Award recipient; The Summer of Letting Go, named a Nerdy Book Club Best YA 2014 and recipient of a Teen Ink Editor’s Choice Badge of Approval; and The Pull of Gravity, a 2012 Bank Street Best, 2012 PSLA Top Forty, and a Nerdy Book Club Best YA for 2011. She also cohosts Teachers Write!, a virtual writers camp for teachers and educators.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Coming-of-Age
Runtime: 6.87
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English