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The Last Exit to Normal


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ISBN13: 9780440239949
ISBN10: 044023994x
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*“An excellent read.”—School Library Journal, Starred

It's true: After 17-year-old Bens father announces hes gay and the family splits apart, Ben does everything he can to tick him off: skip school, smoke pot, skateboard nonstop, get arrested. But he never thinks hell end up yanked out of his city life and plunked down into a small Montana town with his dad and Edward, the Boyfriend. As if its not bad enough living in a hick town with spiked hair, a skateboard habit, and two dads, he soon realizes somethings not quite right with Billy, the boy next door. Hes hiding a secret about his family, and Ben is determined to uncover it and set things right. In an authentic, unaffected, and mordantly funny voice, Michael Harmon tells the compelling story of an uprooted and uncomfortable teenaged guy trying to fix the lives around him—while figuring out his own.

*Tracking Ben transformation from rebellious city boy to hardworking cowboy, Harmon digs beneath the stereotypes. . . . Skillful, often witty insights into human nature.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

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Michael Harmon lives in Spokane, Washington.

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Beverly B, March 6, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Coming of age novels with an interesting, original and realistic male protagonist are hard to find. The Last Exit to Normal has a great one. Ben Campbell is a hard teen to like. Ben is angry and resentful. He is also funny in a cynical, snarky and sometimes very wise way. Like a lot of teens, he is unable to see beyond his anger to realize that he is creating his own misery. He has devoted the last three years to blaming his father for his unhappiness and getting revenge on his father for ruining his life. In a last desperate attempt to save his son, Ben's father moves the family to a tiny ranch town in Eastern Montana. For hipster street urban Ben, it is punishment. But to his dismay, small town Montana is not as terrible as Ben expected. As much as he hates it, there are some people he appreciates and activities he enjoys. There are also small town cultural rules he is determined to change - especially the one about staying out of others' business even when you suspect something horrible is going on next door. Slowly, with a lot of missteps and a lot of help from his new friends and neighbors, Ben finds his way back from bitter rebellious teen to a semi-happy decent human being.
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Harmon, Michael
Laurel Leaf Library
Family - Parents
Social Issues - Physical & Emotional Abuse
General Juvenile Fiction
Children s-General
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Mass market paperback
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Grade Level:
from 9
6.92x4.20x.77 in. .32 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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