Cure for the Common Universe
I've learned that when I get a submission from John Cusick from Folio, I need to drop everything I'm doing and read it. I hadn't yet learned that lesson when he sent me Christian's book, which I've written about here and here. It wasn't until John told me he had an offer that I deigned to open the manuscript.
THANK GOD I DID.
I had an enormously good time working on Cure because 1) the author is a gentleman and a genius, 2) the story is wildly original and instantly relatable, and 3) it features an unforgettable cast of characters. Both Christians worked very hard on this one, Christian moreso than Christian, obviously. The author took some bold risks, and I'm very proud of him. Think of the novel as It's Kind of a Funny Story set in video game rehab.
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"A plugged-in young adult comedy about the pain of unplugging...perfect for teen gamers and readers who are fans of Jesse Andrews and John Green." - SLJ
"[R]eaders will flock to this novel and fall in love with its insider jokes, game-allusions, and snarky attitude. They’re also likely to identify with Jaxon’s frustrations, root for him to win, and appreciate seeing him learn a (very) little something in the end." - BCCB
"[W]here the novel really shines is in Jaxon's interactions—as a white, upper-middle-class boy—with campmates who are diverse in terms of both ethnicity and sexuality, and who challenge some of his preexisting assumptions. In confronting Jaxon's privilege and complicated family history, the book eschews easy answers for a more authentic ending that promises that the work of self-improvement is ongoing and difficult." - Publishers Weekly