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The music of what happens /

by Konigsberg, Bill [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019.Edition: First edition.Description: 338 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781338215502; 1338215507.Subject(s): Gay teenagers -- Juvenile fiction | Hispanic American teenagers -- Juvenile fiction | Homophobia -- Juvenile fiction | Racism -- Juvenile fiction | Identity (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction | Male rape -- Juvenile fiction | Mothers and sons -- Juvenile fiction | Secrecy -- Juvenile fiction | Food trucks -- Fiction | Phoenix (Ariz.) -- Fiction | Gays -- Fiction | Hispanic Americans -- Fiction | Prejudices -- Fiction | Identity -- Fiction | Rape -- Fiction | Mothers and sons -- Fiction | Secrets -- Fiction | JUVENILE FICTION / General | Fiction | Juvenile works | Young adult fictionSummary: It is summer in Phoenix, and seventeen-year-old Maximo offers to help a Jordan, a fellow student in high school, with the food truck that belonged to Jordan's deceased father, and which may be the only thing standing between homelessness for Jordan and his mom; the boys are strongly attracted to each other, but as their romance develops it is threatened by the secrets they are hiding--and by the racism and homophobia of those around them.
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* "Konigsberg demonstrates once again why he is one of the major voices in LGBTQ literature." -- Booklist , starred review <br> <br> Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever.<br> <br> Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.<br> <br> Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what's considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.<br> <br> Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk -- to get the thing they want the most.

It is summer in Phoenix, and seventeen-year-old Maximo offers to help a Jordan, a fellow student in high school, with the food truck that belonged to Jordan's deceased father, and which may be the only thing standing between homelessness for Jordan and his mom; the boys are strongly attracted to each other, but as their romance develops it is threatened by the secrets they are hiding--and by the racism and homophobia of those around them.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever. Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart. Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what's considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites. Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk -- to get the thing they want the most. Excerpted from The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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In order to help his unstable mother make delinquent mortgage payments, Jordan tries his hand at the food truck business, using his late fathers old truck, Coq Au Vinny. Things dont go too well until classmate Max happens by and agrees to take a summer job on the truck. Despite their differencesconfident Max enjoys baseball and video games, while insecure Jordan likes musical theater and shoppingthe two boys develop a friendship that quickly blossoms into a romance. As they work together on the truck in the boiling summer heat of Mesa, Arizona, and date each other in the evenings, each boy gradually reveals the depth of their relationship to supportive friends and family. One obstacle is that Maxs recent first sexual experience was nonconsensual, hindering his ability to be more physically intimate with Jordan. Then, too, Jordans mother has returned to her gambling habit, even as the boys make the truck financially successful. Like David Levithan and Adam Silvera, Konigsberg (Honestly Ben, rev. 3/17) portrays gay teen relationships in a way that is consistently authentic, compassionate, hopeful, and empowering; and this story, which also touches on issues of masculinity, homophobia, and rape, is no exception. jonathan hunt (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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