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 Somebody Up There Hates You

Unabridged   6.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/03/2013

A Kids’ Indie Next List Pick!
A Kirkus Best Books of Year Pick

Somebody Up There Hates You

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622312108
Digital Download ISBN:9781622312115


Chemo, radiation, a zillion surgeries, watching your mom age twenty years in twenty months: if that’s part of the Big Dude’s plan, then it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? Somebody Up There Hates You.

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Product Description

Smart-mouthed, funny, and sometimes crude, Richard Casey is in most ways a typical seventeen-year-old boy. Except Ritchie has cancer, and he’s spending his final days in a hospice unit. His mother, his doctors, and the hospice staff are determined to keep Ritchie alive as long as possible. But in this place where people go to die, Richie has plans to make the most of the life he has left.

Fifteen-year-old Sylvie, the only other hospice inmate under sixty, has plans of her own. What begins as camaraderie soon blossoms into love, and the star-crossed pair determine together to live life on their own terms in whatever time they have.

Hollis Season has created one of the most original voices in young adult literature, narrating a story that is unflinching, graphic, heart-breaking, funny, and above all, life-affirming.


“A moving title that is deepened significantly by the stellar reader.”
      —Sound Commentary [starred review]

“Narrator Noah Galvin doesn’t hold back on Richie’s dark, sarcastic tone. . . . Galvin keeps Richie in the foreground, noting his wonder, and anger, with heartbreaking intensity.”
      —AudioFile [Earphones Award Winner]

“Seamon’s detail . . . is spot-on. Noah Galvin does an amazing job of voicing Richie.”
      —Library Journal

“Galvin’s narration captures the novel’s conversational, storytelling style and creates a compelling, unsentimental listening experience.”

“Each character is vividly drawn, with a sharp, memorable voice that readers will love and remember. . . . A fresh, inspiring story.”
      —Kirkus Reviews [HC starred review]

“Even in hospice, a lot can happen in a short time. . . . Being near death doesn’t mean abandoning hope for the life that remains.”
      —Publishers Weekly [HC starred review]

“Heartfelt. . . . The language is raw and even profane at times, but hardly inappropriate given the circumstances. . . . This novel is respectful of its serious subject matter, yet is an entertaining and heartening read.”
      —School Library Journal

Author Bio

HOLLIS SEAMON is a recipient of a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, and also teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. This is her first novel for young adults.

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