Ann Cannon’s LOSER’S GUIDE is a Winner

A review by Linda Hoffman Kimball

Ann Cannon’s Loser’s Guide to Life and Love is an engaging, hilarious, refreshing YA novel about love, identity, friendship and growing up. It is also a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (but don’t worry – you don’t have to be a Shakespeare expert to appreciate it).

The story unfolds through alternating viewpoints by each of the four love-struck protagonists:

Ed is a high school student at a boring summer job in a video store where the only nametag available for him reads “Sergio.”

Scout is Ed’s best friend and a co-worker at the Reel World video store. She is a tomboy, and has always been “one of the guys” – a condition she’s not as comfortable with as she used to be. She likes “screwball comedies” and is embarrassed to let anyone know that she likes reading Regency romance novels.

Quark is Ed’s closest guy friend. Quark is brilliant, socially awkward and geekily adorable. He can tell you anything about the cosmos but the world of love and romance are bold, new frontiers for him.

Ellie is the new girl in town for the summer,  beautiful, good natured and peppy, but privately processing a break-up from her old boyfriend. Ed is smitten with her at first sight but hides behind an identity he creates to go with his exotic “Sergio” nametag.

Ann Cannon, versatile author of every genre of children’s literature, was sparked to create this story in part from her own teenage son’s experience of working in a video store and inheriting a “Sergio” nametag. She creates characters full of life, hormones and teenage angst. The plot is a clever interweaving of crushes, romance, high hopes, dashed dreams and is made delightfully accessible by laugh-out loud humor and convincing dialogue.

Kirkus reviews said of Loser’s Guide, “The plot will rivet readers’ attention, and the exciting climax is satisfying. Buy this quick and exciting novel.”

This is a smart, funny, feel good read by a very talented author. Ann Cannon’s “Exploring Writing for Children and Young Adults” WIFYR class still has a few spots left. Snag them now and learn from a master!

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  1. T.A. Demings

    wow! Alternating protagonist perspectives? I’m always impressed with people who can pull that off. Putting this on my “to read” list.

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