Exclusive First Look: YA Thriller 'Boy Nobody'
9:53 AM PDT 5/9/2013 by Andy Lewis
A teenage Jason Bourne-like character takes center stage in Allen Zadoff's new novel, which goes on sale June 11.
Think a teenage Jason Bourne.
That's the premise of Boy Nobody the new YA thriller from LA-based author Allen Zadoff that debuts June 11.
The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive look at the new book, which has already been optioned by Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment.
The nameless 16-year-old main character in Boy Nobody has been in "The Program" a secret group of teen assassins since his parents were murdered four years ago.
He appears in a town posing as a new kid who just moved there, befriends a target and then kills his family, always making it look like natural causes.
But things change when he's assigned to kill the mayor of New York City. He falls for the mayor's daughter. He likes the mayor. He starts questioning not only his mission but his place in The Program. He wonders what life as a normal teen would be like.
Boy Nobody is the first book in a planned trilogy from Zadoff, who previously focused on humor with Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have and won the Sid Fleishchman Humor Award.
Overbrook brought the project to Sony, where it has a first-look deal in April 2012, a year before publication, with an eye to packaging it as a vehicle for Jaden Smith.
Read the excerpt here.
Publisher Little Brown has also produced a slick trailer for the new book: