Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

By Evan Roskos

* “Self-deprecating humor abounds during this debut novel that attracts no punches concerning the event of melancholy and nervousness for its teenager protagonist. . . . pleasing introspection from a successful character.”—Kirkus stories, starred review

Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à los angeles Whitman) at his abusive father ever because he kicked his older sister out of the home. James’s painful fight with nervousness and depression—along along with his ongoing quest to appreciate what resulted in his sister’s exile—make for a heart-rending learn, yet his wild, exuberant Whitmanization of the realm and prepared humorousness continue this emotionally charged novel buoyant. A Morris Award Honor Book.

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9:47—Derek says he has to move decide up his female friend yet can provide to be again. 8:50—Beth bargains to get us extra beer and that i ask for a soda to speed myself. I make a superb comic story approximately decreasing on my consuming to make a superb instance for my mom and dad. 9:21—Someone yells out: “I’m unsure those are my pants! ” another individual: “Well, supply her shoe again then! ” 9:54—Beth and i've a talk with a couple of people that turns out to haven't any starting and no finish. It includes why I don’t devour bird, anything unusual Beth recollects from a 3rd grade spelling bee, this guy’s mystery overwhelm on his moment cousin, and one other girl’s weigh down at the aforementioned cousin-lover. 10:15—Beth introduces me to her fashionably past due boyfriend, Martin, a delirious-looking, corduroy-wearing dude with a goatee. I snicker at his pants. Out loud. I simply snicker at them, yet I can’t clarify why they’re so humorous. 10:01—Beth calls her boyfriend and learns that he’s been on the get together for an hour yet that he didn’t come locate her. “Drama professionals? ” I ask. “All the fucking approach, my good friend. ” She touches my damaged arm for 2 billion nanoseconds. We’re buddies! I word the time and the location of the moon and the music taking part in and that i examine her eyes now not her cleavage and her eyes glisten yet she turns out to have difficulty with my eyes so she seems to be away. My eyes are most likely cloudy, unhappy, suggest, uninteresting. no longer blue adequate or brown sufficient or vivid adequate. 10:33—I clarify to Martin, with assistance from 4 beers in a physique that doesn’t drink a lot, that I paintings with Beth at the literary journal. “Poetry is for chicks and gays. ” He laughs simply because he’s attempting to lighten the temper by means of announcing silly issues. This is sensible simply because we’re inebriated and having a superb time. “Don’t be suggest, Martin,” Beth says. “How’d you holiday your arm? ” Martin asks. “Saving a Tastykake from a bus. ” Martin thinks I’m joking. “It used to be a sentimental Tastykake. ” 10:45—Derek exhibits up with my sister, Jorie. I’m enraged! is that this his female friend? is that this is his terrific method of telling me? should still i've got recognized this? I’m racing via every part I should still say, yet my anger is exhibiting. Jorie supplies me a hug that calms me down even if i would like to shake her and punch him. What are they doing? they can't be in love! I’m uncertain why now not. Then he introduces me to a woman who's now not my sister. Her identify is Sally anything. She is his woman and he or she is outwardly Jorie’s boss at Fillmore’s, a sequence eating place recognized for naming burgers after ex-presidents and facet dishes after their vice presidents. i'm relieved greater than i will be able to describe. His girl is the type of woman I count on Derek to were seduced by way of. a girl many years older than us, conspicuous at a highschool social gathering (maybe she’s a school dropout). She’s obtained blond hair and a decent blouse and legs and issues, yet who cares? Jorie is the following! Jorie! nine. the remainder of THE get together is simply me and Jorie and Beth and occasionally Derek whilst his girl runs off to exploit the lavatory to do a little coke or to set off an allergic reaction assault (either manner, she turns out to have nasal issues).

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