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This Boy

(2020)
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Lauren Myracle brings her signature frank, funny, and insightful writing to this novel of a teenage boy’s coming-of-age.

Paul Walden is not an alpha lobster, the hypermasculine crustacean king who intimidates the other male lobsters, beds all the lady lobsters, and “wins” at life. At least not according to the ego-bursting feedback he’s given in his freshman seminar. But Paul finds a funny, faithful friend in Roby Smalls, and maybe — oh god, please — he’s beginning to catch the interest of smart, beautiful Natalia Gutierrez. Cruising through high school as a sauced-out, rap-loving beta lobster suits Paul fine, and if life ever gets him down? Smoke a little weed, crunch a few pills . . . it’s all good.

But in the treacherous currents of teenage culture, it’s easy to get pulled under. With perfect frankness, Lauren Myracle lays bare the life of one boy as he navigates friendship, love, loss, and addiction. It’s life at its most ordinary and most unforgettable.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"This is Lauren Myracle at her best! No punches pulled. A funny, true, rugged story about love and family and jealousy and chance: the chaotic mess that is teenage life. Paul, Roby, and Natalia could be — would be — your friends, and just like your friends, they soar with you and they break your heart." - Chris Crutcher

"Universal and molecular, tender and brutal-This Boy is just beautiful." - Andrew Smith


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Hardback Editions

April 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Boy
Author(s): Lauren Myracle
ISBN: 1-5362-0605-9 / 978-1-5362-0605-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker Books US
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

August 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Boy
Author(s): Lauren Myracle
ISBN: 1-4063-8936-6 / 978-1-4063-8936-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Walker Books
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Audio Editions

April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: This Boy
Author(s): Lauren Myracle
ISBN: 1-978665-64-4 / 978-1-978665-64-4
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: This Boy
Author(s): Lauren Myracle
ISBN: 1-978665-66-0 / 978-1-978665-66-8
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: This Boy
Author(s): Lauren Myracle
ISBN: 1-978665-67-9 / 978-1-978665-67-5
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: This Boy
Author(s): Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


April 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: This Boy
Author(s): Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: This Boy
Author(s): Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: This Boy
Author(s): Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Walker Books US
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU