In Ginger Kid, popular comedian Steve Hofstetter grapples with life after seventh grade . . . when his world fell apart. Formatted as a series of personal essays, Steve walks his readers through awkward early dating, family turbulence, and the revenge of the bullied nerds. This YA nonfiction is sure to be the beloved next volume for the first generation of Wimpy Kid fans who are all grown up and ready for a new misfit hero.
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I found so much I could relate to in this book. Many of the stories within these pages were poignant reminders of situations I faced or people I knew as a teenager. It made me so nostalgic. This is not something that often happens to me with either memoirs or coming of age novels—growing up in South Africa is a vastly different cultural experience from growing up in the US. Hofstetter has a way of using wry humour to translate the fundamentals of teenage social hierarchy that’s both universally true and hilariously accurate. Ginger Kid is a book of adventure, the losses and triumphs of high school, and growing into oneself.
One day, I’m going to press this book into my son’s hands with the knowledge that it may help him understand the things a child refuses to hear from their parents.