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For some boys fitting in means standing out.

Meet Frank - he isn't like other kids. Intrepid explorer, sartorial connoisseur; he's as strange as he is brilliant. But Frank discovers the hard way that people don't like brilliant, and they hate strange. What Frank longs for - aside from a father - is a friend. 

Meet Mimi - a reclusive literary legend and mother to Frank. Mimi has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years, keeping her secrets and hiding Frank from a cruel world. Until Alice.

Meet Alice - the level-headed young woman charged with looking after Mimi's unusual son. In so doing, Alice discovers what it really means to love someone. And she finds a part of herself she never knew was missing. 

Funny, poignant and unforgettable, this novel - like Frank - is a one-off creation you'll fall in love with.

©2016 Julia Claiborne Johnson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 05-06-20

A hidden gem

So many audiobook reviews say, “Great book, but...”. Not this one.

This book is such a hidden gem. It won an audie award in 2017 but it has not been promoted at all by Audible, which is a huge shame. The story is lively, charming, unpredictable and uplifting, without being at all saccharine.

The narration is outstanding.

This book reminds me of A Man Called Ove, which took off through word of mouth when (a lack of) marketing failed it. So, here’s hoping!

You will probably never see this review as this book is buried in Audible’s library, but if you do, definitely buy the book!

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  • Kath Walters
  • 07-25-20

Outstanding

A beautifully written and materially performed book about love, difference and creativity. This book will take you on a funny, profound and moving rollercoaster. Enjoy the thrills