No Sad Songs

February 20, 2018
Votes: 3
Audience Young Adult
Word Count 60-80k (average/short)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by Jon Wilson
Cover design by J. Caleb Design
Published Through Fish Out of Water Books
Pitch Perfect Finalist

Author’s Summary

Following a family tragedy, eighteen-year-old Gabe LoScuda finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather.

Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined.

And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital.

When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

Short Description

Following a family tragedy, eighteen-year-old Gabe LoScuda finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

Catchphrase

A teen becomes an Alzheimer’s caregiver.

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Awards and Notable Endorsements


A Timeless Story

"Beautifully written...a timeless story of coming-of- age while watching loved ones fade into age." --VOYA

– posted by FrankM2    
Full of Heart and Humor

"Full of heart and humor...will make young readers take stock of their own parents' responsibilities, and what it means to make sacrifices for the ones you love." -Booklist

– posted by FrankM2    

"An emotional story, filled with lots of laughter and great sadness. Smartly written, with beautiful characters and a compelling plot, No Sad Songs deals honestly with the challenges of caring for someone with dementia." -Foreword Reviews

– posted by FrankM2    
A Must for any YA Collection

"This coming-of-age-tale is a must for any YA collection." -School Library Journal, starred review

– posted by FrankM2    

No Sad Songs is lovely and funny and heart-aching and true. I didn’t want it to end. But the big-hearted story and characters—especially the very real, unforgettable Gabe—will stay with me for a long, long time.
— Jennifer Niven, NY Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

– posted by FrankM2    

No Sad Songs explores the complexities of family, love, and loss, as we follow one young man on a powerful, heartwrenching journey of self-discovery—one that is perfectly balanced with both humor and hope.
— Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be and The Last to Let Go

– posted by FrankM2    

“In No Sad Songs, Morelli deftly balances genuinely hilarious moments with gut-punchingly moving ones. A big-hearted, seriously funny read.”
— Lance Rubin, author of Denton Little’s Deathdate and Denton Little’s Still Not Dead

– posted by FrankM2    

“In No Sad Songs, Frank Morelli has written a beautiful, poignant book about the near-impossible burdens that can be foisted upon us by our unpredictable lives. Gabe LoScuda trudges through the mud in the front lines of his own personal war, and he does it with so much heart you can’t help but root for him. Reading Gabe’s story, we learn to appreciate, as he does, the people in our lives who can be patient with us as we struggle toward our own awakening—the friends and family who can tell us we’re being idiots while still continuing to love us, every muddy step of the way."

— Jack Cheng, author, See You in the Cosmos

– posted by FrankM2    

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