The Stand-In

By Steve Bloom

A hilarious and charming story about a working-class kid who rents himself out as a (completely platonic) stand-in date for the socially awkward but wealthy in order to earn money for college, by the screenwriter of the classic teen movie A Sure Thing.

17-year-old Brooks Rattigan, from a working-class town, reluctantly agrees-for money -- to be a stand-in Homecoming date for a friend's geeky but wealthy cousin. Embarrassing as the evening is, he realizes that becoming a (completely platonic) rent-a-date for the rich but socially awkward could help him earn money to go to college. He soon finds himself in a previously unknown world of privilege and perks and starts living the high life, turning his back on his old friends. But he has to lie through his teeth about his background to be accepted by this elite group. In the end, he comes back to his roots -- with the right girl beside him.

  • The Stand-In is coming to Netflix on April 12, 2019, as The Perfect Date. The romantic-comedy movie produced by Awesomeness Films and Ace Entertainment, stars Noah Centineo (the breakout star of To All The Boys I've Loved Before and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser), Laura Marano (Lady Bird, Austin & Ally), Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Odiseas Georgiadis (Trinkets), and two-time Emmy nominee Matt Walsh (Veep).
  • Funny, charming YA that will stand out among the many dark and gritty novels.
  • Touches on perennially popular themes of rich vs. poor, in-crowd vs. outsiders.

About the author

A working screenwriter for TV and movies for over 30 years, Steve Bloom attended Brown University and the graduate film production program at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Among his produced credits are the films "The· Sure Thing," "Tai! Tale," "James and the Giant Peach'' and "Jack Frost." "The Stand-In" is his first novel. The idea for it was triggered when a friend asked him if Bloom's daughter might know someone who could escort his daughter to a dance when her date suddenly canceled. Bloom lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, Jennifer, and their French bulldog, Ricky.

ISBN: 9781512410235
Imprint: Carolrhoda Lab – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Dimensions: 133 x 191mm, 360pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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