The Great American Whatever
by Tim Federle
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016. 274 pages. Young Adult.
Quinn dreamed that he and his sister would become one of the great Hollywood movie making teams, but everything changed after she was killed in an accident. To encourage Quinn to reenter the land of the living, his best friend drags him to a college party where he meets a cute guy. Now, he has to rediscover himself, and some truths about his sister, all the while re-imagining how he wants the screenplay of his life to turn out.
I loved the way this book was narrated. Quinn describes his thought process and imagines scenarios cinematically, at times describing the goings on as though it were a screenplay instead of real life. Quinn knows movies, and the film references throughout the book made me smile. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a unique and enjoyable coming of age story.