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The Agony of Bun O'Keefe

by Heather Smith

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The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2017, 224 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 26, 2019, 256 pages

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Little Miss Sunshine meets Room in this quirky, heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty and discovery.

It is nearly impossible to not be affected by the hurt and horrors that Bun O'Keefe has been through.

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe is a captivating, poignant, emotionally devastating, yet hopeful young adult novel that begins when Bun's 300-pound hoarder mother orders her to leave their junk-laden house, the only home she's known all of her 14 years. Wandering the streets of St. John's, Newfoundland in Canada, she has nowhere to go until she happens upon a guitarist. Because her mother is the only person she has ever actually interacted with, Bun has wide gaps in her understanding of social interaction. For instance, she doesn't call people by their names but, instead, simply by their most distinguishing features, so the guitarist she meets becomes Busker Boy. Later she gets to know his roommates: Chef, who cooks at a hotel and goes to culinary school; Chris/Cher, a ...

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