Little, Brown & Company (May 2010)
Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom’s boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). But Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. Instead, she focuses on bettering the lives of her alcoholic mother and her quirky circle of friends: a glass-ceiling-breaking single mother raising a son diagnosed with autism; Father Chee and The Korean Divas for Christ (soul-singing ESL students); a nihilist octogenarian; a video-game-playing gang of outcasts; and a haiku-writing war vet. But then a fatal tragedy threatens Amber’s optimism—and her way of life. Can Amber continue to be the princess of hope?
With his zany cast of characters and a heartwarming, inspiring story, debut YA author Matthew Quick builds a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope. This world is Amber’s stage, and Amber is, well…she’s sorta like a rock star.
– Fox Searchlight is developing SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR for film
– **Starred review** School Library Journal
– 2011 Texas Tayshas Reading List pick
– Listening Library purchased the audio rights at auction.
– **Starred review, audio book** School Library Journal
– Translated into Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Dutch, and published in the UK by Headline
– 2012-13 Washington State Evergreen Young Adult Book Award Nominee
– 2012-13 Missouri Gateway Award Final Nominee
– 2013 Garden State Teen Book Awards Nominee
– 2013 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award Nominee