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All Alex Dassan needs to do is win second place in the debate team finals. The second place prize is a trip to the Nottingshire Retreat in London, where she'll have a chance to take a class with her writing idol, Mary Noelle Simmons. Alex knows that once she meets Mary, then her life will fall into place and her dreams of becoming a writer will be possible (and less scary). Nothing is going to stand in Alex's way - especially not a dad who's never home and a mom who left to go "find herself" in India. The only problem: With minutes before the competition and a missing debate partner, Alex is feeling a little desperate.
All Jeremy Beekman needs to do is pass AP biology. If Jeremy passes, then he can get into medical school, become a doctor in 10 years, and keep his family together. He won't disappoint his parents the way his brother did. The only problem: Jeremy spends more time on art and the AV club than on his homework.
When Alex and Jeremy run into each other (literally!) before the debate team competition, they make an arrangement: If Jeremy helps Alex win the debate team finals, then Alex will tutor Jeremy in biology. What could go wrong?
What starts as an academic arrangement soon turns into a friendship where absent parents and burdensome expectations are confronted, dreams are dreamed bigger, and the debate team competition stakes are even higher. You may now begin your rebuttal.
©2016 Jyotsna Hariharan (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew Kelley on 04-10-18

Come for the story, stay for the performances

This is a fun coming of age story performed with great aplomb by the cast. At under 2 hours, this is one you will want to listen to all at once. Absolutely delightful! One technical issue to be aware of. For some reason, the book would not play in my audible player. It worked fine once i downloaded it in iTunes, but it has been years since I had to do that with a book in Audible.

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By sairamkrishnan on 11-25-16

Viciously smart and laugh-out loud funny!

Well written characters, great premise, and acid sarcasm take the story ahead, and you are sort-of sad when it ends: it IS that good! Really well performed too.Enjoyed it very much.

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