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Last Exit to Normal
     

Last Exit to Normal

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by Michael Harmon
 

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ISBN-10: 044023994X

ISBN-13: 2900440239948

Pub. Date: 09/08/2009

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

*“An excellent read.”—School Library Journal, Starred

It's true: After 17-year-old Ben’s father announces he’s 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 he’ll end up yanked out of his city life

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*“An excellent read.”—School Library Journal, Starred

It's true: After 17-year-old Ben’s father announces he’s 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 he’ll 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 it’s not bad enough living in a hick town with spiked hair, a skateboard habit, and two dads, he soon realizes something’s not quite right with Billy, the boy next door. He’s 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900440239948
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
288

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Last Exit to Normal 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
SLRN More than 1 year ago
Great characters and a refreshing plot. I was a little skeptical at first because of the written for teen reviews but I'm glad I took the recommendations and bought it. I loved how Edward's mom was characterized. Funny, funny, funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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Bobby Pruitt More than 1 year ago
Loved this book it was great and rlly inspiering
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ILoveToReadTS More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in two days, and it was absolutely fabulous. I never wanted to put this book down. It has a little bit of suspense and romance and drama. There is not one bad comment that i can say about this book. If you are looking for somthing to read, this is definately a book that I would reccomend!!!!!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Life was going along just fine for Ben Campbell until he hit fourteen. That was the year his father announced that he was gay and his mother left. His dad's boyfriend moved in, and Ben started counseling -- and also misbehaving.

Now, after three years of run-ins with the law, Ben's dad has decided the only way to save Ben is to leave Spokane. At age seventeen, city boy Ben finds himself living in Rough Butte, Montana. Edward, who Ben calls Momdad, has agreed to take them back to the hometown he left when he was Ben's age. In Rough Butte, Ben is surrounded by homophobic cowboys, Edward's acid-tongued mother, Miss Mae, and an abusive neighbor with a strange young son.

Used to doing whatever he wants, whenever he wants, quickly ends for Ben as Miss Mae schools him in acceptable country behavior. She expects respect and hard work, and she doesn't hesitate to use her wooden spoon as a weapon to encourage it. Ben reluctantly falls in line and even finds it rewarding at times. His father and Edward seem pleased for the most part, and his improved attitude and behavior are useful in his quest to attract the attention of the beautiful girl living just four doors down the street.

There are still frustrations for Ben. Completely forgiving his father for trashing his life back in Spokane is proving harder than he expected. Rough patches between father and son keep tensions high, and to complicate matters, Ben becomes convinced that the young neighbor boy is the victim of dangerous abuse. Ben's efforts to seek justice for the boy create a whole new set of problems.

It is almost impossible to turn the pages fast enough in THE LAST EXIT TO NORMAL. Michael Harmon's protagonist is one-of-a-kind. Readers will root for him one minute and against him the next as they experience his struggle to accept what life has dealt him. Harmon has truly captured the torrent of emotions raging along that divide between boyhood and manhood. Don't miss this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It only took me 2 days to read this book!!! it was awsome. I hope he has some more books coming out soon!!!!