Lisa Yee gives us her most fascinating flawed genius since Millicent Min.

Higgs Boson Bing has seven days left before his perfect high school career is completed. Then it's on to Harvard to fulfill the fantasy portrait of success that he and his parents have cultivated for the past four years. Four years of academic achievement. Four years of debate championships. Two years of dating the most popular girl in school. It was, literally, everything his parents could have wanted. Everything they wanted for Higgs's older brother Jeffrey, in fact.

But something's not right. And when Higgs's girlfriend presents him with a seemingly innocent hypothetical question about whether or not he'd give her a kidney... the exposed fault lines reach straight down to the foundations of his life.


Reviews and Awards

⋆ "Yee captures the intensity of popularity measured in yearbook pages and the strength of genuine teen melodrama; Mom's "Robe of Depression" and Higgs' therapeutic garden add touching depth; ironic twists save the finale from predictability. Smart, funny-but-ruthless teens and self-absorbed, grieving adults prove to be enormously appealing." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Satisfying." - School Library Journal

“Alternately heart-wrenching and hilarious, Yee’s portrait of a flawed superstar introduces a cast of vibrant, memorable characters and an eloquent message about following one’s desires.” - Publishers Weekly

“This funny, quick read hides a depth that readers will not see coming. Yee creates a memorable character in Higgs as someone to both love and hate, and the story is fast paced, with plenty of twists that will keep readers smiling all the way through.” - Voice of Youth Advocates

“With whipsmart writing, a fast-paced plot, plenty of humor, and just enough mystery to keep readers on edge, this is an emotional journey about breaking free of family, friends, and duty to discover what makes you happy. One week isn’t enough time for Higgs to discover all of the answers, but he is on a journey to get there, and it’s a journey readers will enjoy taking with him.” - Booklist

“In her second YA novel, Yee, in an unusual move, presents an unlikable protagonist who discovers that he’s only popular because everyone’s afraid to cross him… Narrator Higgs somehow wins readers over with his genuine surprise at this discovery and with hints (through flashbacks) that deep down he’s a decent guy… Satisfying.” - Horn Book Magazine


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Spring 2015
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-545-23094-0
Price: $17.99/$19.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 272
Foreign Rights: Writers House
Translation Rights: Writers House
Rights Available? yes


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