Everybody loves Liam Geller. He excels at sports; he knows exactly what clothes to wear; he always ends up with the most beautiful girls at school. But he's got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick his father off the most.
When his father finally throws him out of the house, Liam's uncle -- a gay, glam-rocker disc jockey -- takes him in. Living in a trailer in upstate New York is not at all what Liam planned for his senior year, until he realizes it's his perfect chance. In a new school, he can remake himself into a total nerd and be everything his father wants him to be. But "Aunt" Pete sees him for who he really is, and now Liam must decide which version of himself he can live with.
"A daring reversal of the nerd to cool journey." NY Times Book Review
"Full of comic moments ... Readers -- screwups or not -- will empathize as Liam, utterly likable despite his faults, learns to be himself." Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"Liam is a multifaceted and resilient character who ultimately learns how to be comfortable in his own skin with the help of his new, makeshift family. Going's knack for defying stereotypes and creating memorable characters will not disappoint fans of Fat Kid Rules the World and Saint Iggy." SLJ, starred review
ALA Rainbow Project Barnes&Nobles Best Book of 2009 Kirkus Best Book of 2009