I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.

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When the grandmother who raised him dies, Davy Ross, a lonely thirteen-year-old boy, must move to Manhattan to live with his estranged mother. Between alcohol-infused lectures about her self-sacrifice and awkward visits with his distant father, Davy’s only comfort is his beloved dachshund, Fred. Things start to look up when he and a boy from school become friends. But when their relationship takes an unexpected turn, Davy struggles to ...

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When the grandmother who raised him dies, Davy Ross, a lonely thirteen-year-old boy, must move to Manhattan to live with his estranged mother. Between alcohol-infused lectures about her self-sacrifice and awkward visits with his distant father, Davy’s only comfort is his beloved dachshund, Fred. Things start to look up when he and a boy from school become friends. But when their relationship takes an unexpected turn, Davy struggles to understand what happened and what it might mean.
“Shattering . . . frank . . . intelligent.”—Horn Book
“Sophisticated . . . remarkably touching.”—Time magazine New York Times Best of 1969 Book List School Library Journal Best of 1969 Book List

This anniversary edition features reflections from Brent Hartinger (Geography Club), Martin Wilson (What They Always Tell Us), and Kathleen T. Horning (Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center), with a foreword by Stacey Donovan (Dive).

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VOYA - Jamie Hansen
In 1969, the relatively new genre of young adult literature was rocked by the publication of John Donovan's lyrical and touching novel, I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. Narrated by Davy Ross, a lonely and uprooted thirteen year old, the book is considered the first for teens to address homosexuality. Long out of print, the novel has been reissued with thought-provoking essays by other young adult authors and a charming foreword by the late author's niece. After Davy's grandmother dies, he is forced to move to New York to live with his estranged alcoholic mother. Coping with maudlin lectures on self-sacrifice from his mother and awkward visits with his divorced father, Davy's only friend seems to be his dog, Fred, until he befriends schoolmate Douglas Altschuler. When their companionship becomes unexpectedly physical, however, Davy is left confused and heartsick, attempting to make sense of it all. For its time, Donovan's novel is startlingly outspoken and honest in its presentation of a young teen questioning his sexuality. Although the encounters between the boys are never described explicitly, neither is their relationship glossed over. At the novel's close, Davy rather confusedly speculates about his connection with Douglas and where it might lead. Such is the author's skill that the reader knows this young man's journey of self-discovery will get him to his "there," wherever it may be. This welcome fortieth-anniversary edition of a YA classic is an essential purchase for all libraries. Reviewer: Jamie Hansen
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 6 Up—After the unexpected death of the grandmother who has raised him, 13-year-old Davy Ross moves from his Boston home to the Manhattan apartment of his estranged alcoholic mother. The lonely boy copes with her mercurial moods by taking long walks with his loyal dachshund, Fred. At school, Davy meets Douglas Altschuler, and they become fast friends, and then more than friends. Davy's conflicted emotions are sensitively portrayed as he tries to come to terms with kissing Douglas as well as his mother's outraged reaction to her suspicion that something "unnatural" has happened. This 40th-anniversary edition (Flux, 2010) includes the complete text of John Donovan's groundbreaking 1969 book that was the first young adult novel to deal with teen homosexuality, as well as insightful short essays about the novel read by their authors: Stacey Donovan, Brent Hartinger, and Kathleen T. Horning. The novel is timeless, barring a handful of dated references (like the mention of rich families who have color televisions). The physical relationship between Davy and Doug is both tame and "clean," consisting of the one kiss and an off-page make-out session. Michael Urie's pleasant narration brings Davy to life. For school and public libraries.—Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455829743
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 2.12 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Donovan was a novelist and a playwright, who also served as the president of the Children's Book Council. I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. was originally published in 1969 and reprinted by Dell in 1973.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    A well writen book for teens especialy

    The book has alot of struggles most teens face regarding death, love, and aceptance as well as aceptance of ones true identity. They main charicters grand ma dies and he is going to live with his alcaholic mother in new york city with his beloved dog fred. He than meets a boy whos firends ship may seem more and things unfold into this colorful story. I my self can relate to the main charicter davy on many levels and reading this its easy to visualie as if ur watching the story unfold insted of reading it. Its a great book that once you start you dont want to put it down.

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    Posted April 21, 2012

    Stands the test of time

    It is not graphic or in your face. It is a nicely told story about a boy with a lot going on in his life. Dealing with the death of a loved one and a new home and a new friend. I found the parts dealing with his mother the most compeling to me while others may attach more to the friendship or the parts with his father.

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    Posted July 7, 2012

    Awful!!!!!!

    This was the worst book i have ever read!!!! It just ended that was it, there was no explination. Do not read this!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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