100 Sideways Miles (Andrew Smith)

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Finn Easton counts time by the turn of the Earth—one second is twenty miles—and thinks about the stars his atoms came from (and their collision with the dead horse that fell a hundred sideways miles and gave him epilepsy and a scar on his back, in exchange for his mother’s life). His life is pretty settled now—until new student Julia Bishop comes to town and throws all his atoms out of whack. The ensuing romance and road trip has to be read to be believed. This new novel from Andrew Smith (of WINGER and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE fame) crackles with Smith’s trademark chatty, vulgar smarts—no one captures teenage years in such sweaty, vivid technicolor. Andrew Smith’s teenagers are real. They swear, they sneak beers, and they make bad decisions. They worry about being “that kid,” about their friends, about wanting their parents to trust them. And, y’know what? They do okay. They have good friendships, good relationships with their parents, and end up with a pretty good sense of self. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I wish I’d had Andrew Smith’s books to read as a teenager. There's absolutely no pretension to them. 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781442444959
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

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