A hell-bound fantasy starring demons, damsels, and an unlikely hero.
Sixteen-year-old Sam Sullinger lives in the shadow of adolescence. He's lost among his overachieving siblings, constantly knocked down by his harsh father, and bullied daily. His only solace is his best friend and crush, Harper.
In a grand plan designed to help him confess his love to Harper, Sam accidentally sets off a series of events that lead to her being kidnapped and taken to Hell. Racked with guilt, Sam makes a bold decision for the first time in his life: He’s going to rescue his only friend.
Sam is thrust into a vivid world fraught with demons, vicious beasts, and a falling city. And every leg of his journey reminds him that he isn’t some brave knight on a quest — he’s an insecure teenager yearning to make his mark on at least one world.
Rob Shapiro is a novelist and TV writer who has dabbled in film, theatre, and copywriting. Rob lives in Toronto.
Rob Shapiro gives us a rich, fresh, honest, eloquent take on the age-old adventure archetype and makes us feel better for the experience, better about ourselves, better about the world. What an achievement that is. This is a brilliant YA debut.
A tribute to lovable losers, unlikely adventures, uncomfortable truths, and the will to move forward.
Sam Sullinger’s journey to save his only friend takes him from school and family chaos to junkshop mystery to Hell, and involves geeks and demons, love and awkwardness, humour and lore. The Book of Sam reads like an arcade game set in a TED Talk given by a guy you’d like to hang out with.
The Book of Sam is a rollercoaster adventure that’s as funny and relatable as it is earnest in showing how a teenage boy will go through literal Hell to save the girl he loves.