Teenager Andrea Marr is kind of innocent, kind of wild, kind of cool, kind of a dork. She falls in love with Todd Sparrow, the star of a local band. But it's her relationship with Cybil, her best friend and the singer of her own band, that provides the climax of the book. Excerpted in Sassy Magazine and made into a film.
Edgy New York poet gets sent to Oregon to teach at a local university. EXILE was published as an adult novel and is not recommended for younger readers.
Young people in the early Techno scene. Especially not recommended for readers under 14.
THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL (2003)
Max is kind of uptight, kind of a perfectionist, editor of his high school paper, off to a good college. Then he meets this bubbly, boy-crazy freshman writer-girl who breaks through his defenses.
ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR (2004)
Band Geek Pete Brady gets recruited by a cool indie band and must learn how to be cool or get thrown out. Also, he gets his first girlfriend. "The best rock novel of the year," --Publisher's Weekly
PROM ANONYMOUS (2006)
Laura and Jace convince weirdo Chloe to go to their high school prom. She does and when she gets there, she hides under the tables.
GENDER BLENDER (2006)
Freaky Friday with body parts. Tom and Emma switch bodies. Emma has to deal with "morning wood". "Hilarious!" --Publisher's Weekly (starred Review)
PARANOID PARK (2006)
A suburban teen accidentally kills a security guard in a deserted train yard. Obviously he should report it. Or should he? Adapted into a great film by Gus Van Sant.
THEY CAME FROM BELOW (2007)
Aliens have lived at the bottom of the ocean for millions of years. They've seen everything that's ever happened on earth. When they do venture to the surface, they meet two teenaged girls. KLIATT'S Editors Choice for 2007.
DESTROY ALL CARS (2009)
High School Junior James Hoff likes to rant against Consumer Americans and their wasteful, environment destroying ways. "Smart and Entertaining" --NY TIMES. "Wonderful" --LA TIMES. "You can't help love James" --Newsday.
RECOVERY ROAD (2011)
Maddie and Stewart are two teenagers with a lot of issues. They meet in rehab and love blossoms. Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, said: "Nelson gives a hard, honest appraisal of addiction, its often-fatal consequences, and the high probability of relapse. This is an important story that pulls no punches." Look for the TV Series on ABC FAMILY in January 2016.
DREAM SCHOOL (2012)
This novel is the sequel to GIRL. The story follows Andrea, as a bit of a fish out of water, at distinguished Wellington University. The Seattle Stranger called GIRL and DREAM SCHOOL: "The missing link between Bret Easton Ellis and Tao Lin."
THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH (2014)
Robert Callahan is a teenage runaway who occasionally helps the authorities find other teen runaways. Except when he's helping them hide from the authorities. An Edgar Award Finalist. Junior Guild Selection.