Going Nowhere Faster

Kobo ebook | September 1, 2008

bySean Beaudoin

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Everyone in town thought Stan was going to be something and go somewhere, but they're starting to realize that when this boy genius can't even get out of Happy Video, he's going nowhere, faster. But when things look like they're only getting worse, Stan is forced to decide what he wants to do with his life. Suddenly, he may be getting somewhere afterall. With sarcastic, dry wit reminiscent of David Sedaris and Tom Perrotta, this debut YA novel delivers with laugh-out-loud hilarity and a lot of heart.

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Everyone in town thought Stan was going to be something and go somewhere, but they're starting to realize that when this boy genius can't even get out of Happy Video, he's going nowhere, faster. But when things look like they're only getting worse, Stan is forced to decide what he wants to do with his life. Suddenly, he may be getting ...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316039950

ISBN - 13:9780316039956

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Awkward! Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin is a young adult novel about a 17 year old boy, Stan Smith, who is searching for a direction in life. He lives in a small town and works at the local video rental store. Stan happens to be a gifted, highly intelligent guy, but he doesn’t yearn for the traditional educational experience of college. Instead, he’s thinking about writing a movie script. The problem is that he can’t seem to come up with a good idea because he has no relevant life experience. Stan’s life is rather dull for the most part, except that he thinks someone might be trying to kill him. Like most teen books, Going Nowhere Faster includes the mandatory “boy likes girl” element AND the oh so important “awkward parents” element. I found this novel funny, but the uncomfortable conversations and situations that Stan repeatedly found himself in ended up taking away from my enjoyment because they were so cringe-worthy. I actually felt embarrassed for this character. Having an awkward moment in a book isn’t a bad thing, but it is when it’s a constant stream of awkward and uncomfortable moments and the whole story starts feeling like one giant embarrassing moment. The protagonist was quite self depreciating and pessimistic which, when combined with the uncomfortable atmosphere, made me want to bash my head against the wall. Sean Beaudoin definitely deserves originality points. The characters, while often bordering on annoying, were unlike any other characters I can think of. This is particularly true for Stan’s parents. Perhaps I really missed the point of this book because I’m not that target audience (meaning I’m not a teenage boy.) Maybe a young male would appreciate this novel more than I did.
Date published: 2009-07-26