America by E.R. Frank

2007
05.04



America started out in this world with a lotta strikes against him. Born to a drug-addicted mother and shuffled through foster home after foster home, America has been molested, abandoned and broken too many times to count. Now, after a botched suicide attempt, he has ended up in the office of Dr. B, a caring psychiatrist who has decided to help America no matter what, despite his potty mouth and huge attitude. Rock-star YA author Frank (who is my all-time fav., check out my rave for her first book on the Short Cuts list) avoids the notorious sophomore slump and scores another hit record with her awesome follow-up to Life is Funny. America is a smart, scared teen whose heart of gold can be glimpsed periodically under his nasty exterior. And Frank can write in both a convincing kid and teen voice. My favorite part of this book is when America is forced to go and visit his crack-head mom and she leaves him and his two half brothers (all under the age of eight) alone for days and America, in a confused, little boy way, keeps writing his foster mom’s phone number over and over on any surface he can reach, because he doesn’t want to forget it since there’s no working phone in the apartment. Both heartbreaking and amazing, America is so moving that Rosie O’Donnell has already bought the film rights. Which means America could be coming soon to a theatre near YOU! Keep your peepers peeled for it!

18 Responses to “America by E.R. Frank”

  1. demi bueno says:

    well i read america and i really liked it. i loved this book. =]

  2. Samantha says:

    Cool! I’m about to read this book for my author study in my middle school! It seems really great! (At least I hope it is)

  3. little me says:

    i watched the movie i loved it and now i am going to read the book and do my school project on it

  4. Doodle says:

    Just watched the movie last night. It’s absolutely AMAZING. I can’t wait to read the book.

  5. brittany says:

    I watched America last night. I had been waiting for weeks to watch it (ever since the adverstiment came out). l loved that movie soooo much! Going to get the book as soon as possible. America was such an inspiration to me an I know millons of other youth. I soulte the cast who acted out the movie. They did a wonderfullllll job:)!

  6. chinika says:

    i seen the movie america and it seems to be based on an acutal boy i wanted to know what happend to america did you ever hear anything else from him.

  7. i SEEN DA MOViE && i REALLY WANNA REA DDA BOOK

  8. Jen Hubert says:

    I’m glad everyone enjoyed the movie version–I haven’t seen it yet myself but want to!

  9. natalie says:

    i watch the move on lifetime in i realy liked the move in i am trying to find the book in do a book report on it and all my friends like the move it sad 2

  10. MADELYNE says:

    WOW THE MOVIE WAS HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE. IT SKIPPED SO MUCH OF THE BOOK, IN FACT I WASN’T EVEN SURE IT WAS BASED ON THE BOOK. IT WAS VERY DEPRESSING TO WATCH.

    BUT THE BOOK ITSELF IS SIMPLY, SIMPLY….AMAZING.

  11. noel says:

    umm…

  12. noel says:

    it was a gerat movie

  13. JERMAINE says:

    I JUST SAW THE MOIVE AMERICA AND IT IS A REALLY GOOD MOIVE

  14. JERMAINE says:

    DOES ANY ONE KNOW THE PERSON NAME WHO PLAYED AMERICA?

  15. Dani says:

    I would like to comment on everyone else’s comments.
    Most of the people who have commented on this site are obviously not very intelligent.
    You make me want to hit things.
    Learn to spell, learn how to use punctuation,
    seriously.
    I hate you.

  16. lexy says:

    OMG i love this book and the movie was Awesome!!! iim going to do a school project on this anyway if you haven’t read that book
    you should

  17. Patricia says:

    I just finished reading the book. I absolutely LOVE the book. I have yet to see the movie. And to the Dani person this is a blog to talk about the book, not for you to sit here and judge other people. Thats what people on fb do. Get a life :)

  18. Lena says:

    I have yet to read the book, but the movie was absolutely amazing. It moved me to tears. It’s such a great message, and i can’t wait to read the book. The movie was so great that I’ve decided that when I have a child, son or daughter (preferably a son), I will name it America.

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