The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart
Linmark’s YA debut is a tender and quirky story of a 17-year-old boy’s first love and first heartbreak. Ken Z, a self-described nerd, bookworm, geek and fervent Oscar Wilde fan lives on the fictional Pacific Island of South Kristol. His life changes forever when he meets Ran, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Dorian Gray, at the mall food court. The pair bond instantly and their friendship soon blossoms into love. But when Ran suddenly disappears without a word, a devastated Ken finds wisdom, support, and advice in the imaginary conversations he has with his hero, Oscar Wilde.