The Last Exit to Normal
By Michael Harmon
(Laurel Leaf Library, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440239949, 275pp.)
Publication Date: September 8, 2009
List Price: $7.99*
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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 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.