After his parents' marriage break-up, Lincoln Locke's 15-year-old life is turned upside down when he's thrust into bachelor-pad living with his father and an exclusive new school. Crestfield Academy offers Lincoln a new set of peers - the creme de la creme of gifted individuals, who also happen to be financially loaded - and a place on the swim relay team with a bunch of thugs in Speedos.
Homunculus, the little voice inside his head, doesn't make life any easier; nor does Lincoln's growing awareness of a genetic anomaly that threatens to humiliate him at every turn.
On a search for answers to the big LIFE questions, he turns to the school library, where he spies a 19th-century memoir, My One Redeeming Affliction
by Edwin Stroud, a one-time star of Melinkoff's Astonishing Assembly of Freaks. As Lincoln slowly reads this peculiar, life-changing book, the past reaches into his present in fascinating and alarming ways. Ways that defy imagination...
Audacious, funny and wonderfully inventive, The Origin of Me
is a song to friendship, young love, the joy of imagination and celebrating differences.