Freak Magnet

Freak Magnet

by Andrew Auseon

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061139260
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Pages: 297
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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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Sara Zarr

“A love story as only Andrew Auseon can write it: with unflagging soul and plenty of crazy.”

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Freak Magnet 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
HeatherMS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlie is a freak - he wears a superman costume under his clothes, and heroes not understand how to communicate with people. Gloria calls herself a freak magnet, and she hides from life in her dead brother's car. When Charlie decides that Gloria is the girl he needs, he chases her with ever ounce of strength - literally.I thought the characters had good depth, but I never fell in love with them. I'd give this to quirky romance fans.
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever since reading How To Say Goodbye In Robot, I¿ve been looking for another book that captured a quirky, non-traditional friendship in a similar way. Though Freak Magnet veers more into the topic of love than Robot, it is definitely not your typical love story.Almost immediately I fell in love with Charlie and Gloria. Charlie is just ¿ well, he¿s a freak, but in the way that is endearing and not something to be endured. The fact that he wears a Superman costume under his clothes every day? Love it. His nightly study of the skies so he can discover a comet and name it after his ailing mother? Seriously, how could you not find that cute? Then there¿s Gloria, who hides her grief behind a protective shell of sarcasm. She is so not in the mood to be chased by a freak like Charlie, but they are pulled together anyway.I love the way the relationship between Charlie and Gloria develops from a strange first encounter to a true and honest friendship to the possibility for more. They are broken characters, full of flaws and bad days and short tempers, but for some reason they choose to open up to each other. There isn¿t a reason for it, other than the fact that Charlie chose to approach Gloria one day and then they kept running into each other, but that¿s why it works for me. Sometimes it just takes the right person at the right time ¿ maybe even the wrong time ¿ to bring about a needed change, and both Charlie and Gloria are in need of drastic change.At times eccentric, other times profound, every page of this story is wonderful.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have you ever lived on the edge? Where your highs reached the peaks of the mountains and your lows reached the depths of the ocean? That sums up Charlie quite nicely. Charlie's isn't what you could call the "best" customer service because his mouth gets the best of him at times¿always speaking more than needed, and most of the time, more than he should. That's why when Charlie spots the most beautiful girl that he has ever seen, he just has to tell her that. Even if that means chasing her down the street and around the corner screaming at the top of his lungs "GIRL!"Gloria should be used to this after all she's just a magnet for strangers. Strangers who come to her and hand her random things or just saying the oddest things. She likes to call them freaks. And Charlie is the next freak drawn to this magnet.But things aren't as they appear. Charlie loves astronomy as a means of escaping reality. A reality where his mother has been diagnosed with Huntington's disease since he was the age of 7. And Gloria who continues to mark down her memories in poetry, cooping with her brother's death, and a mother who just does not understand her.Freak Magnet starts out with a high: energetic, loud, in your face. Downhill it goes. The further the novel is read, the higher the peak reaches until the inevitable happens. Gravity finally takes over and things begin to fall down. This course narration reveals the depth of inner insanity. Self denial: I am fine, I am okay. But that denial crumbles with various shocks: the progression of the disease, or the meeting of Charlie. Pieces are hard to pick up¿jagged, sharp pieces¿that requires a careful touch. Something that only family that can pick up the first piece. Saddening, tender, and fitting so well with the general storyline, these two past and current stories brought a further depth into the tale.Charlie and Gloria are opposites in personality and appearance. Charlie is full of life, bubbly, with too much energy that it seems as though his eyes are flickering (who also happens to wear a Superman outfit below his clothes). Gloria is solemn, preferring to live her life in her brother's old car, surrounding herself in dirt and her duvet. Opposites attract they always say. Watching these two, their antics bring a grin from the readers' face. However I feel as though Charlie carries the weight of their relationship/friendship.As I said the lows were ocean low. Toward the end I felt Charlie extremely unlikable, but a part of me understood his actions. There was also the case for the ending itself. Imagine just gazing at the setting sun, perfect. What about tomorrow though? Where will they be? Can they last? What about the families?Freak Magnet makes me want to Auseon's other novels now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay so I first read this book in the library when I was what 12... and I really couldnt put it down so I checked it out and finished it around 2 in the morning on a school night. This book just really brings you in the story. Can't give spoilers. Just read it.
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code7r More than 1 year ago
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.
RebeccaNaomi More than 1 year ago
This book has alternating point of view every other chapter between Charlie and Gloria that starts with Charlie. He is awkward and he has a trip planned to Chile for an astronomy internship that he won over thousands. Gloria's family has never been further than they are during the book. The book is about how Gloria and Charlie learning to open up to other people after they have become closed off from situations that have broken both of their hearts. They just want to get away from the problems that are bugging them. My favorite characters are not the main characters but then for me they so rarely are. I liked Charlie's best friend, Edison and Gloria's older sister, Maggie. Edison tries to stop Charlie from "pulling a Charlie". Pulling a Charlie is when Charlie gets excited he forgets how he is supposed to act and without scaring the person that he is talking to. Charlie has the tendency to yell a lot. Edison and Charlie became friends after Edison was put into a wheelchair and Edison takes it upon himself to protect Charlie and is like a typical teenage boy. Maggie loves comic books and dresses like some of her favorite character all of the time. She looks out for Gloria and encouarages her to act crazy every so often. Charlie and Gloria like I have already stated somewhere up there are the main characters. Charlie is a bit of a jerk near the end of the book while Gloria is a jerk in the beginning. So they each have their moments of jerkitude. I like how way the author does the tone of both of the voices in the point of views. I found the ending of the book to be sweet but a little bittersweet.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.