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His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself.
Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated--and not sure that she's quite like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?
When fate intervenes, Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for this unlikely pair?
B. T. Gottfred is an author, playwright, and director. He wrote the play Marry, F**K, Or Kill, which premiered Off Broadway in the fall of 2011. He wrote and directed the play Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes that has played over four years in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and San Diego. He wrote, directed, and executive produced the film The Movie Hero. His novels include Forever for a Year and The Nerdy and the Dirty.
(Bowker Author Biography)
Publisher's Weekly Review
Gottfred (Forever for a Year) offers a hilarious and deeply honest look at high school love through the alternating voices of two teens. Penelope "Pen" Lupo is dating the most popular boy in school, yet at the cost of keeping her true self hidden, especially the sexually voracious part that Pen thinks makes her "Such. A. Freak!" Benedict Pendleton is as smart, cerebral, and socially obtuse as his academic father, but he's also hiding an emotionally vulnerable part of himself that longs for connection. An unlikely couple to say the least, the two 16-year-olds find common ground at a winter resort, where they fall for each other and learn how to be "not normal" together. Gottfred creates addictive, true-to-life voices for both characters whose thoughts, decisions, and experience help guide the sex-positive relationship that takes shape. Although this novel includes detailed descriptions and discussions of masturbation, consent, and first-time sex, it's never didactic or heavy-handed, and instead offers a raw, empowering, and lighthearted view of first love and teenage-and especially female-sexuality. Ages 17-up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Grinberg Literary Management. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Horn Book Review
Benedict Maximus Pendleton is a pretentious straight-A student, robotically literal-minded and obsessed with (the appearance of) perfection--understandably, as his similarly unemotional psychiatrist father is the author of the bestseller Being a Perfect Person. Though she's "a stoner and a loser," according to Benedict, Penelope Lupo is really an emotionally and intellectually repressed Catholic girl who is tired of faking normalcy. (And who, we learn in her first chapter, "masturbate[s] a ton.") That these two teens, equally neurotic but in very different ways, go on to fall in love over winter break at a Wisconsin resort should feel ludicrous, but that we wholly buy it when they do is thanks to Gottfred's (Forever for a Year, rev. 7/15) nuanced characterizations. The personalities brewing underneath the characters' faades ultimately complement each other perfectly. Penelope admires that Benedict says exactly what he means, and she learns to do the same; Benedict sees in Penelope a kind of intelligence he never knew existed. There's (again) a lot of sex in Gottfred's sophomore novel, but his approach to teenage sexuality is refreshing: it's the authenticity that comes from understanding how teens think and feel and, importantly, the respect he has for teens' sexual and romantic experiences; for their right to enjoy those experiences. Readers will cheer as these two endearing, unique, and believably voiced characters learn to finally be real--with themselves, with each other, and with the world. katrina hedeen (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.