The Gifted, the Talented, and Me

Category: Book
By (author): Sutcliffe, William
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / School & Education / Boarding School & Prep School
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Published: September 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.25in x 5.51in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

For fans of John Corey Whaley, a clever coming-of-age story about fitting in and finding your way in a too-complicated world.

Pitch-perfect and hilarious." - Kirkus Reviews

Fifteen-year-old Sam is not a famous vlogger, he's never gone viral, and he doesn't want to be the Next Big Thing. In fact, he's ordinary and proud of it. None of which was a problem until Dad got rich and Mom made the whole family move to London. Now Sam's off to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where everyone's busy planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands. Sam knows he'll never belong, even if he wanted to -- but can he find himself on his own terms?

From The Publisher*A clever coming-of-age story about fitting in, falling out, and embracing the average.
Review Quote*

"Sharp, witty and brilliantly observed… I haven't laughed out loud like that for a long time'" -Brian Conaghan, award-winning author of When Mr. Dog Bites

"Roll-on-the-ground funny…Pitch-perfect and hilarious." -Kirkus Reviews

"Sam is a funny, honest, wry narrator and this novel is filled with true laugh-out-loud moments. . . . Hilarious and heartwarming, this is a great fit for high school libraries." -School Library Journal

"This is a deeply moving tale about a boy whose life dramatically shifts once he realizes the truth about where he lives." -SLJ on THE WALL

"This is wholly realistic fiction detailing a boy's coming-of-age in a real-life political situation." -Kirkus on THE WALL

"Riveting." -Publishers Weekly on THE WALL

"Thought-provoking and rife with book-discussion fodder." -Booklist on CONCENTR8

"With a writing style that is both entertaining and stark, Sutcliffe uses broad, vivid strokes to highlight societal injustice while filling in details that focus on the interconnectedness of friendship and the dangers of unquestioningly following a single leader." -Publishers Weekly on CONCENTR8

Biographical Note

William Sutcliffe was born in London, and now lives in Edinburgh. He is the author of the international bestseller Are You Experienced? and Whatever Makes You Happy, soon to become the Netflix movie Otherhood, as well as The Love Hexagon, New Boy, Bad Influence, and We See Everything. His first YA novel, The Wall, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and his second, Concentr8, was shortlisted for the UK's YA Book Prize.