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SYNOPSIS: Quinton Wyatt's summer break before high school should be nothing but wall-to-wall fun. Instead, his best friend has stopped talking to him; his fiendish older sister has filled his head with tales of a sadistic high school ritual called "The Freshman Stomp"; and his divorced father has started dating the city's most notorious barfly. Maybe a robot rabbit and a boy from his past can help salvage Quinton's vacation and launch him into the difficult — but often hilarious — world of young adulthood.
GENRES: Young adult humor, young adult LGBTQ, young adult fantasy
READER RATING: 4.6 / 5 stars. Reviews, comments and reader photos.
RECOMMENDED AGES: 14+
PAGE COUNT: 201
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The book takes place during the summer of 1977 in Tucson, Arizona. Tucson is my hometown, and although My Summer (with Robots) is a work of fiction, I drew upon my own childhood recollections to create Quinton's suburban world.
Like most kids who grow up on the outskirts of a large city, Quinton has to create adventure because it is rarely found in the mundane setting of endless tract homes and strip malls. Quinton, along with his best friend, Edward "Monkey" DeGuzman, have spent years exploring the uncharted parts of their world — the alleys, aqueducts, desert lots and abandoned structures. It's in these unseen and forgotten places where most of the book's action takes place.
LGBTQ and other themes:
At 14 years of age, Quinton is just beginning to figure himself out. From the first chapter, he's thinking a lot about an unpleasant incident that happened in the sixth grade between he and a male classmate rumored to have a crush on him. Two years later, Quinton is deeply regretting how he treated the other boy and discovers that some of the drama was orchestrated by an unlikely source. Themes about betrayal, compassion, redemption, love, family and friendship are woven throughout the text.