A darkly funny and spectacularly original exploration of friendship, good-byes - and spontaneous combustion.

Mara Carlyle's senior year is going as normally as could be expected, until - wa-bam! - fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period precalc.

Katelyn is the first, but she won't be the last teenager to blow up without warning or explanation. As the seniors continue to pop like balloons and the national eye turns to Mara's suburban New Jersey hometown, the FBI rolls in, and the search for a reason is on.

Whip-smart and blunt, Mara narrates the end of their world as she knows it while trying to make it to graduation in one piece. It's an explosive year punctuated by romance, quarantine, lifelong friendship, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bloggers, ice cream trucks, "Snooze Button", Bon Jovi, and the filthiest language you've ever heard from the president of the United States.

Aaron Starmer rewrites the rulebook with Spontaneous. But beneath the outrageous is a ridiculously funny, super honest, and truly moving exemplar of the absurd and raw truths of being a teenager in the 21st century...and the heartache of saying good-bye.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"Aaron Starmer skilfully welds sharp humor, deep loss, and roaring escapades. Truly the smartest and funniest book about spontaneous combustion you will ever read." - John Green


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Hardback Editions

August 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Spontaneous
Author(s): Aaron Starmer
ISBN: 0-525-42974-3 / 978-0-525-42974-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

September 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spontaneous
Author(s): Aaron Starmer
ISBN: 0-14-751770-2 / 978-0-14-751770-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spontaneous
Author(s): Aaron Starmer
ISBN: 1-78689-061-5 / 978-1-78689-061-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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January 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Spontaneous
Author(s): Aaron Starmer
ISBN: 0-399-53866-6 / 978-0-399-53866-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin LCC US
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Spontaneous
Author(s): Aaron Starmer
ISBN: 0-7352-8801-1 / 978-0-7352-8801-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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August 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spontaneous
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Publisher: Listening Library
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August 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Spontaneous
Author(s): Aaron Starmer
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

May 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Spontaneous
Author(s): Aaron Starmer
Publisher: Canongate Books
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August 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Spontaneous
Author(s): Aaron Starmer
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
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