At fifteen years old, Humphrey has spent his life as the new kid, moving from town to town as his parents keep losing jobs. The latest move brings him to Haven, Florida, where his family rents a motel room for lack of money. Humphrey gradually makes his way into a circle of the local cool kids, but when his friendship with one handsome boy and the boy's mother leads to illicit and confusing sexual attractions, he begins to question the nature of his own desires, with perilous consequences.
Humphrey's half-sister Gretchen escaped the family's itinerant lifestyle long ago, and is now graduating from Harvard College and pining for a Harvard boy who broke her heart. When fate offers Gretchen a chance to go abroad, both brother and sister find themselves with the opportunity to leave their problems behind and travel to Italy. But the siblings' Roman holiday takes a sinister turn when what was supposed to be a glamorous jaunt has fateful consequences.
The New Kid is an account of love, family, sexual awakening, and the peculiarly dangerous twists life can take -- a deftly written novel from the acclaimed author of Glamorous Disasters.
"In Eliot Schrefer's topsy-turvy tease of a novel, honesty is but one form of manipulation. Indulge yourself in this story of the repercussions of indulgence." --Michael Lowenthal, author of Charity Girl
"In this delightful, far-ranging story of siblings and lovers, Eliot Schrefer once again displays his deep understanding of character and his gift for the most satisfying kind of surprises. Every reader will identify with The New Kid." --Margot Livesey, author of The Missing World: A Novel
"A magnificent story. With The New Kid, Schrefer cements his role as one of our great writers and storytellers." --David Mixner, author of Stranger Among Friends