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Blake Nelson


Blake Nelson

Blake grew up in Portland, Oregon.

His first love was books but he spent several years in his teens and twenties playing in bands.

Blake's first writing job was at Details magazine, where he wrote short humor pieces on the slacker lifestyle. His fiction remained unpublished until Sassy Magazine (cool girl magazine from the 90s) began publishing excerpts from his first novel.

These excerpts generated enough response to get his first novel GIRL published by Simon and Schuster. GIRL (1994) has since been translated into six foreign languages and was made into a feature film.

After GIRL, Blake published two more adult novels, EXILE (1997) and USER (2001). In 2003 he wrote his first Young Adult novel, (a book specifically for teens) THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL.

Since then he has published six YA novels, NEW RULES, ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR, PROM ANONYMOUS, GENDER BLENDER, THEY CAME FROM BELOW and PARANOID PARK, which has been made into an award winning film by Gus Van Sant.

Blake Nelson

Books by Blake Nelson

by Blake Nelson - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Dating, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Every school has them: the cool kids. The insiders. Gavin Meeks is one of them. He lives an easy life of parties, girls, snowboarding adventures and whatever else comes his way. But when dark, dramatic Antoinette crash-lands at Evergreen High, the entire school feels the impact. She’s not just a rebel, she’s a force of nature. Gavin, for one, is captivated and is soon pursuing interests he never knew he had. With a camera in hand, he finds a way to express his own truth, including his feelings for his favorite subject: Antoinette. It all leads to one passionate, life-altering night in this achingly authentic story from bestselling author Blake Nelson.

by Blake Nelson - Contemporary Fiction, Dating, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Sex, Young Adult 13+

Nick has the best of moms and the worst of moms. She’s a distinguished professor and bestselling author, but she's also a serious alcoholic. Nick, meanwhile, has finished his junior year and needs a break from his stressful home life, so he goes to Seaside, Oregon, a sleepy beach town where he meets local legend, Phoebe Garnet. She’s funny, sexy, but dangerously self-destructive. Suddenly Nick is more in love and more obsessed than he’s ever been in his life. Why does Nick love her so much? Will he survive this obsession? And who can he turn to for help?

by Blake Nelson - Coming of Age, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Music, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Meet Andrea Marr: straight-A high school student, thrift-store addict and princess of the downtown music scene. In the midst of the '90s, where the music scene was experiencing the deep impact of the grunge movement, Andrea’s passion for music merges together with first love to lead her down a unique yet universally relatable coming-of-age road.

by Blake Nelson - Fiction, Mystery

Robert "'Cali" Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He's got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game...even a girl who's maybe-sorta interested in him. All that changes when a local cop refers Cali to a private investigator who is looking for a missing teenager. After all, Cali knows everyone in Venice. But the streets are filled with people who don't want to be found.