Somebody Up There Hates You: A Novel

by Hollis Seamon

Algonquin Books | September 3, 2013 | Hardcover

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"Chemo, radiation, a zillion surgeries, watching my 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? Enough said."

Smart-mouthed and funny, sometimes raunchy, Richard Casey is in most ways a typical seventeen-year-old boy. Except Richie has cancer, and he''s spending his final days in a hospice unit. In this place where people go to die, Richie has plans to make the most of the life he has left. Sylvie, the only other hospice inmate under sixty, has a few plans of her own for Richie. What begins as camaraderie quickly blossoms into real love, and this star-crossed pair is determined to live on their own terms, in whatever time remains.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 in

Published: September 3, 2013

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616202602

ISBN - 13: 9781616202606

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Somebody Up There Hates You: A Novel

by Hollis Seamon

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 in

Published: September 3, 2013

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616202602

ISBN - 13: 9781616202606

About the Book

Dying of cancer in a hospice, 17-year-old prankster Richard Casey has big plans for his final days. Sylvie, the only other hospice inmate under 60, tells Richie she has a few plans of her own. What begins as camaraderie quickly blossoms into real love, and this star-crossed pair is determined to live on their own terms, in whatever time they have left.

From the Publisher

"Chemo, radiation, a zillion surgeries, watching my 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? Enough said."

Smart-mouthed and funny, sometimes raunchy, Richard Casey is in most ways a typical seventeen-year-old boy. Except Richie has cancer, and he''s spending his final days in a hospice unit. In this place where people go to die, Richie has plans to make the most of the life he has left. Sylvie, the only other hospice inmate under sixty, has a few plans of her own for Richie. What begins as camaraderie quickly blossoms into real love, and this star-crossed pair is determined to live on their own terms, in whatever time remains.

From the Jacket

"WISE, WICKED,  AND HILARIOUS."*

Smart-mouthed and funny, sometimes raunchy, Richard Casey is in most ways a typical seventeen-year-old boy. Except Richie has cancer, and he''s spending his final days in a hospice unit. In this place where people go to die, Richie has plans to make the most of the life he has left. Sylvie, the only other teenager in hospice, has a few plans of her own for Richie. What begins as camaraderie quickly blossoms into real love, and this star-crossed pair is determined to live on their own terms, in whatever time remains.

"Richie, aka The Incredible Dying Boy, is obnoxious, charming, selfish, generous, and always funny. I''d follow him anywhere." -*Bennett Madison, author of September Girls

"I read Somebody Up There Hates You in one great rush. This novel is funny, harrowing, and wildly profane. It had me crying with laughter on one page and then just plain crying on another." -Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club

"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, starred review

"A fresh, inspiring story." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"I read Somebody Up There Hates You in one great rush. This novel is funny, harrowing, and wildly profane. It had me crying with laughter on one page and then just plain crying on another." -- Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club "This is not just another teen-dying-of-cancer story. Seamon has created a smart-mouthed, funny, occasionally raunchy, very typical teen boy narrating the final days of his life in a way that is unflinching, graphic, at times funny, and at times heartbreaking. Readers will alternate between shaking their heads at his self-centeredness, laughing at his smart mouth, and reaching for tissues as Richard really learns what it means to grow up . . . Emotions are raw and painful but the story is a powerful and life-affirming look at what it means to grow up as your life is ending." -- VOYA "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 , starred review "Each character is vividly drawn, with a sharp, memorable voice that readers will love and remember . . . A fresh, inspiring story." -- Kirkus Reviews , 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 "Seamon''s first young-adult novel is a tender, insightful, and unsentimental
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