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Title: The Last Exit to Normal
Author: Michael Harmon
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: This book was part of the Nerds Heart YA tournament in 2009, and both judges who read it enjoyed it.
Summary: After 17-year-old Ben’s dad announces that he’s gay, Ben rebels by skipping school and doing drugs. Then his dad decides they’re moving from the city to a small town in Montana. Trying to fit in while sporting a mohawk turns out to be the least of Ben’s problems.
Review: I wanted to love this book. I did love several aspects of it, and I am glad I read it. But it wasn’t one of my favorites.
What I loved:
“If I remember correctly, he’s a very harsh man, and one not to cross.” He thought for a moment. “Yes sir, no sir, thank you, please, nice to meet you, Mr. Johan, firm handshake, look him in the eye, and for God’s sake don’t eye her boobs, even accidentally, unless you’re at least a mile from the house. Men have shotguns for a reason around here.”
I nodded, soaking it all in. Fear gripped me, but love would climb any mountain. “One more thing.”
“What is baling hay, anyway?”
He laughed. “And you thought you worked hard yesterday. Poor child.”
But here are the things that got in the way of me loving this book through-and-through:
None of these issues were huge, but they all pulled me out of the story and got in the way of me connecting on a deeper level to the book.
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