By Paul Rudnick
Published on January 26, 2016
Published by: Scholastic Press
Source: Scholastic Press
Published by: Scholastic Press
Source: Scholastic Press
One last chance. One wild weekend. Flat out the funniest book of the year.
My name is Caitlin and up until forty-eight hours ago I had never:
Tasted alcohol, kissed a boy, sang in public at the top of my lungs, kidnapped anyone or--WHAT? STOLEN A CONVERTIBLE?
Now I'm in jail and I have no idea what I'm going to tell:
The police, my parents, the mayor, all of those camera crews and everyone on Twitter.
I have just noticed that:
My nose is pierced and I have-WAIT? IS THAT A TATTOO?
I blame one person for this entire insane weekend:
My famous cousin.
Who is also my former best friend.
Who I have HATED for the past four years.
Who I miss like crazy. NO I DON'T!!!!
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT, HELLER HARRIGAN!!!!
It's All Your Fault...
If Paul Rudnick knows one thing, it is humor. He knows how to draw a laugh out of you without you even realizing it is coming. His story is laugh out loud funny and he has no problem pushing some limits to get those laughs. This was a refreshing young adult comedy and I am really looking forward to seeing what this author comes up with next!
Caitlin Mary Prudence Rectitude Singleberry is a good Christian girl. She and all of her brothers and sisters sing with their parents in a traveling group called The Singing Singleberry's. She was home-schooled! She wears kneesocks! But now, after a single weekend, she finds herself sitting in a jail cell with only one kneesock on, a bandage covering what might be a tattoo and her hair cut short and dyed like a rainbow. Caitlin knows exactly who is responsible for her fall from grace. Her cousin, Heller Harrigan. It is ALL HELLER'S FAULT!
Heller Harrigan is Caitlin's cousin. Four years ago, they were the best of friends. Until Caitlin almost dies and everyone blames Heller. Now Heller is a star! Finally out of her Anna Banana shadow, she is the biggest star in the upcoming movie Angel Wars, a wildly popular YA book series. But Heller is spinning out of control. Drugs and alcohol, clubs and boys... The stories are endless. There is more to Heller than just those things though. It just might take someone special to get through to Heller, so she can truly become the star she was meant to be.
Caitlin and Heller's moms concoct a plan. They want Caitlin to head to New York to stay with Heller for a weekend. Caitlin is supposed to keep Heller under control, get her through all of the interviews for the movie, keep her from drinking. Caitlin reluctantly agrees. Hostility ensues between the two at first, but slowly they start to laugh with each other. Then, things get a little wild and a little weird! And oh. so. funny!
There are only about thirty scenes from It's All Your Fault that I want to talk about. But I can't! All that I can say is that you need to grab a copy of this book and get ready to laugh and cry with Caitlin and Heller. And just wait to Sophie, the little girl with cancer, shows up! This book is a riot! It is also heartwarming, with some really great themes for young girls sprinkled throughout. Paul Rudnick, admittedly, wasn't on my radar before I read this one, but I can promise that from now on he is on my radar in a big way!
What (other) people are saying...
“Paul Rudnick is one of the funniest people out there and he’s on fire with It’s All Your Faul. This book is as fun and crazy as a wild night out. I had to know what happened next.” — Andy Cohen, host of Watch What Happen Live
“Paul Rudnick makes me screech with laughter and sob with fury that I can’t write the way he does.” – E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars
“Caution: Do not read in public. Will cause you to laugh (and possibly cry) out loud, sometimes at the same time. Screamingly funny and yet warmly touching. Buy multiple copies: You’ll want to share this one with friends.” – Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Mediator series
«“Hilarious, irresistible, and oh so timely.” — Kirkus, starred review https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/paul-rudnick/its-all-your-fault/
“Eschewing common sense and exhibiting a great deal of heart, this is one riotously good read.”
“[A] whirlwind, laugh-a-minute escapade about a girl swept far outside her comfort zone,
with real heart beneath the acid humor.” — Publishers Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-545-46428-4
About the Author...
Paul Rudnick is a critically acclaimed novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. His screenplays include In&Out and Addams Family Values, and he’s written for Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker. His plays, including I Hate Hamlet and Jeffrey, have been produced both on and off Broadway and around the world. His first young adult novel, Gorgeous, was called a “wicked good time” by the New York Times Book Review. Under the pen name Libby Gelman-Waxner, he is also the world’s most beloved and irresponsible film critic. Paul lives in New York City. Find him online at http://paulrudnick.com/ and on Twitter @PaulRudnickNY.
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