Stoner & Spaz

Author(s): Ron Koertge
Genre: Ya Fiction
Original Publish Date: Oct 06, 2009
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (2.93 hours)
Product Number: Z100010398
Released: Oct 06, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307582621
Narrator/s: Josh Hamilton
Publisher: Listening Library
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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 and watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. 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. His smart, self-deprecating protagonist learns that kindred spirits may be found for the looking – and that the resolve to follow your passion can be strengthened by something as simple as a human touch.

Professional reviews

"Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back--a tried-and-true plot line. What makes STONER & SPAZ different is the flawed title characters. Spaz is Ben, who is marked by crippling cerebral palsy. Colleen is a stoner, living to get high. When Ben bumps into Colleen at a local cinema, a friendship, then a romance, develops, growing to reveal personalities far greater than nicknames can describe--inside or out. Telling the story from Ben's point of view, Josh Hamilton plays both characters with earnest sincerity as a young man's first experience of love outshines any found on the silver screen and a young woman's commitment to her boyfriend competes with her commitment to drugs. Koertge's keen ear for teen dialogue, aided by Hamilton's performance, makes this love story far above average. M.M.O. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"