The Last Chance Texaco
By Brent Hartinger
(HarperTeen, Paperback, 9780060509149, 240pp.)
Publication Date: March 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Library Binding,
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The guy looked at me with a stare that would have frozen antifreeze.
"You the new groupie, huh?"
"Yeah," I said. "So?"
"So no one wants you here. Why don't you go back where you came from?"
I can't go back, I wanted to say. That was the thing about living in a group home. There was nowhere for me to go but forward.
Brent Hartinger's second novel, a portrait of a subculture of teenagers that many people would like to forget, is as powerful and provocative as his first book, Geography Club.
Brent Hartinger has been a full-time author for many years, writing novels, plays, and screenplays. He lives in Washington State. Among his books are Geography Club and its sequel, The Order of the Poison Oak, as well as The Last Chance Texaco and Split Screen. Like Dave and his friends, as a teenager he resisted getting a job for as long as possible but finally was forced by his parents to go to work as a lifeguard at age sixteen. He still smells like coconut sunblock.
“Hartinger once again gets at the heart of teen dynamics … ”
“Lucy is a strong heroine, one YAs will quickly respect...”