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Seeing Off the Johns


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Rene S. Perez II was born in Kingsville, Texas, and raised in Corpus Christi. He received a BA from the University of Texas and an MFA from Texas State University. He is the winner of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award and the 2013 NACCS Tejas Award for Fiction for his 2012 short story collection, Along These Highways. He currently teaches high school in Austin.


"An atmospheric, refreshing read that will resonate with readers from towns both small and large." --Kirkus Review "Seeing Off the Johns is an absolutely absorbing and deftly crafted novel that clearly establishes author Rene Perez as a master of the YA Fiction genre. Very highly recommended for both school and community library YA Fiction collections." --Midwest Book Review "This is a searing, mature novel, not just because sexual scenes (which are among the most complex and thoughtful moments in the book) are included, but in the way it handles the innumerable challenges associated with grief and love. With strains of Mexican-American heritage, this is also a fine diverse read." --Cat Acree, BookPage "Though the context of [Rene] Perez's first novel is Mexican American, Chon's longings are universal, ones every reader can identify with ... the novel achieves its goal of bringing two appealing teens and their relationship to vivid life." --Michael Cart, Booklist Online "This authentic story of loss is powerful and one that many readers will not forget." --School Library Journal "Seeing Off the Johns is briskly and evenly paced. The deceptively simple plot allows the young people to take center stage and everyone who grew up in a small Texas town will recognize these personalities. They are allowed to stretch, to contract, and to mature, and it's a pleasure to be along for the ride as Chon finds out how brave his heart really is." --Lone Star Literary Life

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