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The Last Exit to Normal

by Michael Harmon

Random House Children's Books | March 11, 2008 | Hardcover

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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 painful 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 wrenching story of an uprooted and uncomfortable teenaged guy trying to fix the lives around him–while figuring out his own.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.55 × 5.86 × 0.98 in

Published: March 11, 2008

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375840982

ISBN - 13: 9780375840982

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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The Last Exit to Normal

by Michael Harmon

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.55 × 5.86 × 0.98 in

Published: March 11, 2008

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375840982

ISBN - 13: 9780375840982

About the Book

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 painful 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 wrenching story of an uprooted and uncomfortable teenaged guy trying to fix the lives around him- while figuring out his own.

From the Publisher

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 painful 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 wrenching story of an uprooted and uncomfortable teenaged guy trying to fix the lives around him–while figuring out his own.

From the Jacket

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 18, 2008:
"Because [Harmon's] take on people is convincing, audiences will want to believe in his story, too."


Starred Review, School Library Journal, April 2008:
"It is filled with atypical character interactions that make it an excellent read."

About the Author

Michael Harmon is the author of Skate, “a remarkable first novel,” according to Kirkus Reviews. He lives in Spokane, Washington, where he is at work on his next novel for Knopf.

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 18, 2008:
"Because [Harmon''s] take on people is convincing, audiences will want to believe in his story, too."


Starred Review, School Library Journal, April 2008:
"It is filled with atypical character interactions that make it an excellent read."

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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