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Freak Magnet [Paperback]

Andrew Auseon
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Sept. 1 2015

A novel about freaks, geeks, crushes, and friends—and how sometimes you can be all of them at once.

Charlie is the freak. Gloria is the freak magnet. They're pretty much destined to meet. And when they do, sparks fly . . . for Charlie. Gloria, well, she just thinks he's like every other freak who feels compelled to talk to her, although a little better-looking than most.

While Charlie has his head in the clouds, Gloria's got hers in a book: her Freak Folio—a record of every weirdo who's talked to her in the last year (it's a big book). But never before has she felt the pull to get to know one of them better. Until now.

In this he-said-she-said tale of love, loss, and lucky signs from the author of the ac-claimed Funny Little Monkey, two young strangers at a crossroads in their lives become friends by happy accident (okay, maybe some harmless stalking is involved—and not by the person you'd think!) and forever change each other.

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Praise for Andrew Auseon:“A healthy doses of hyperbole, hope and wry humor—which Auseon seems to understand jut may be the best tools for teenage survival.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Funny Little Monkey)

“Strikingly clever…draws both blood and laughter.” (Booklist on Funny Little Monkey)

“A love story as only Andrew Auseon can write it: with unflagging soul and plenty of crazy.” (Sara Zarr, author of National Book Award finalist STORY OF A GIRL and ONCE WAS LOST)

“Touchingly realistic and balanced with humor … [A] skilled and moving portrait of two young people struggling to make sense of the world.” (BCCB)

“A small gem of a story in which a talented author reveals hidden layers of his characters… [M]oving and delightful.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Readers will easily fall for this story of freak love; it’s poignant, laugh-out-loud funny and awkward in the best of ways. ” (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Andrew Auseon is a video game designer and the author of Funny Little Monkey, Jo-Jo and the Fiendish Lot, and Alienated, which he wrote with filmmaker David O. Russell. Andrew lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his family.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Jan. 6 2011
The quirky characters are believable. Their unexpected romance is perfect. But most importantly, the spontaneous order that brings them together is exactly what they both need.

Charlie Wyatt is something else, alright. He's an astronomy nerd, talks way too much when he's nervous, and secretly earns his daily strength from a Superman costume he wears underneath his clothes. As far as Gloria Aboud goes, she's one tough cookie you don't want to mess with. Yet, she has an expressive side that comes out in her poetry.

They are the last people you'd ever expect to end up with one another. As this story proves, though, sometimes it's our life challenges and struggles that bring polar opposites together.

Andrew Auseon's FREAK MAGNET is an unexpected yet completely likeable novel. Everything is realistic; there's no nonsense characters or traditional fairy tale plots. Charlie and Gloria are two people that you could find walking the streets in real life or, in this case, Washington, D.C. This makes their reliance on one another and their personal growths resonate in your own heart.

Reviewed by: Hannah Marie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! July 6 2010
By Lauren - Published on
It's as simple as this: I ADORED Freak Magnet to the max. It was fun, witty, and real- three characteristics that when mixed together make for pure awesomeness.

Both of the characters in Freak Magnet were ones I loved. No lie about it. Charlie was extremely sweet and chivalrous; a character who always had me laughing at his way of telling it like it is no matter how bad the consequences would be. And Gloria, while distant and moody at times, was always witty and intelligent; someone I would hug and tell everything be all right to if I could. Together they made for an awesome match- one that always lead to not only more funny moments but tender ones as well as they dealt with life, death, and love all in one. I also loved the secondary characters. Some of my favorites would be Maggie, Gloria's sister whose sense of style was bizarre yet wickedly awesome, and Edison, a guy I admired for his brave actions given his condition.

Told in a he-said/she-said type of way, Freak Magnet allowed for the Magnet and the Freak to tell their tale of things, making this be one trait of the novel I absolutely loved, because it always allowed for different questions to be swirling around in my head, such as: Would Gloria and Charlie ever get a chance at romance? Would Gloria ever get over her personal issues and realize that there still are reasons to live in the world? And plenty more, which left for this plot to one that always had me on my toes.

In all, Andrew Auseon not only makes Freak Magnet look like a start in my eyes but him as well because he's one fantastic author. I can't wait to read more by him.

My final advice? I know I say this a lot, but read this book, especially if you love he-said/she-said type of stories.

Grade: A-
3.0 out of 5 stars I really loved Charlie April 27 2013
By Ann - Published on
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Charlie is the Freak and Gloria is the Magnet. Charlie is refreshing and a delight; he captured my heart almost immediately. Gloria was a bit harder to love, but I did care for her by the end of the book. I'd say this story centers people's responses to life's difficulties - especially as they relate to loved ones. Charlie and Gloria are believable characters that I enjoyed reading about. My one complaint - and the reason I rate this 3 rather than 4 stars - is the abruptness of the ending. I felt like it needed a bit more.
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes you laugh...until you cry Sept. 25 2012
By Autumn - Published on
Gloria is the Magnet, a tough, quirky, guarded girl with a chip n her shoulder the size of a barn door. Charlie is the freak, a self contained genius with near zero social skills and absolutely no problem being himself. Both characters face personal problems and past tragedy with varying degrees of success, and both have problems with personal limits: Gloria is all limit and Charlie has none at all. The challenge the face is whether Charlie can break down Gloria's walls before sorrow drowns them both.

FREAK MAGNET was an interesting read especially as I have a tendency toward freak magnetism myself. If there's someone 'quirky' in any situation, it's a given that they will pick me out to shadow. Naturally, my first sympathies lay with Gloria; that didn't last, though. She is beyond rude to Charlie at the start, crabby and snippy.

Charlie, on the other hand, is 'so adorably clueless' (to quote the movie). He is fascinated by Gloria from the first moment he sees her, and has no problem letting her know that, even in the face of warnings from his friend and ridicule from the object of his affection. Gloria eventually caves, of course, as we know she must, only to face her own rejection by Charlie.

This book was funny...until it breaks your heart. That type of writing, as long as the situations don't feel 'staged' to manipulate the reader's emotions (which this does not), isn't easy to do, but Auseon carries it off well. Their coming together, falling apart, and possible reconciliation feel entirely possible and natural. It meant a great deal to me that the end was ambiguously hopeful. Happily Ever After is probably not in the cards (at least not at the point the story ends) for these characters, and the acknowledgement of that felt fresh. My girlie heart, however, was satisfied by the hope the story allows for their future.

This is a three star rather than a four star because of one section near the middle of the book, where there was a definite sense that a section had been cut out and badly edited. Characters change course unnaturally quickly, and there were even scenes that seemed to reference things that did not happen in the narrative, as if they were something the reader should know.

Still, I liked this book, and would probably read something else by this writer.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cute March 12 2012
By Jude - Published on
This is about Gloria, the girl who tends to attract freaks of all kinds even though she wants nothing to do with them, and Charlie, the good-hearted freak who is sure that she's the one.
Gloria is nice, even while (understandably) wary of Charlie. And Charlie is slightly autistic, which only made him more fun, and nice, and good. I would hang out with both of them, but Charlie is my favorite.
Freak Magnet was really good. It was a fun, light, cute read. The characters were good and well written, and I enjoyed reading about them. They had problems outside each other, but they also had each other. The writing kept me in the story and made it easy to get through. The ending was pretty good, if a little open.
It was a good book, and I really enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully told story! Feb. 10 2012
By HeatherMS - Published on
This novel is about a "freak" named Charlie and a "magnet" named Gloria. Charlie is a very interesting character. He has Asperger-type behaviors and totally sees the world in his own way and he embraces that.

When we first hear about Gloria, the reader makes the assumption that she is one of the beautiful girls who has no problems.

Then Charlie sees Gloria and their story begins.

The chapters alternate in this book between Charlie and Gloria. Charlie first sees Gloria when she enters a coffee shop to get coffee. To him, she is the most beautiful person he has ever seen and he feels the need to tell her.

We learn that Gloria definitely attracts freaks though she tries not to and when she meets Charlie it reinforces her view that she is a freak magnet.

Charlie is one of the sweetest characters I have read. He has such a good heart and he totally wears it on his sleeve. Gloria could have been a typical snobby girl, but the author gives her a vulnerability that makes her likable.

Although the characters meet through many chance encounters, the author makes us believe that it is totally normal and that perhaps fate does take an active role in some lives.

This was a fun read and I am glad that I had the opportunity to go into Charlie's and Gloria's world, even if just for a little while.
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