100 Sideways Miles (Hardcover)

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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. 

— From Liz's Kids Book Recommendations

Description


Destiny takes a detour in this heartbreakingly hilarious novel with five starred reviews, from the acclaimed author of Winger, which Kirkus Reviews called “smart” and “wickedly funny.”

Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.

NYTBR Notable Children’s Book of the Year
NPR Best Book of the Year
NYPL's Best Book of the Year for Teens
Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction of the Year
A Texas Tayshas Top Ten Selection

About the Author


Andrew Smith is the author of several novels for young adults, including WingerStand-Off100 Sideways Miles, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. He lives in a remote area in the mountains of Southern California with his family, two horses, two dogs, and three cats. He doesn’t watch television, and occupies himself by writing, bumping into things outdoors, and taking ten-mile runs on snowy trails.

Praise For…


*"A wickedly witty and offbeat novel...a breathtaking read."

"John Green fans will enjoy Smith’s newest novel."

*"This unpredictable story of love and friendship is close to perfect."

*" Finn’s musings about the universe’s constant dispersal and recycling of atoms, along with his habit for measuring time in the distance the Earth is forever racing around the sun, provide a memorable perspective on human (in)significance."

"I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed with, cried with, and rooted harder for a character than Finn Easton. His voice is so strong, so real, that his triumphs and failures felt like they were my own. I seriously loved this book."

Finn Easton has lived his life in the shadow of a book. As a child, Finn was severely injured and his mother killed in a freak accident: a dead horse landed on them when it fell off a truck that was traveling over a bridge. After the accident, his father took many of Finn’s unique characteristics (his name, heterochromatic eyes, propensity to measure time in miles traveled by the Earth in orbit, struggle with epilepsy, and a particular scar along his back) and made them into a character in a Robert Heinlein–esque novel, The Lazarus Door. The novel has attained cult status around the world and made Finn’s life a nightmare. The only person who treats him as though he is not the character in the book is his best friend, Cade Hernandez, the tobacco-chewing, sex-obsessed, teacher-baiting hero to their classmates, beloved for his pitching skills and his ability to get most people—especially girls—to do whatever he wants. Late in their junior year, Julia Bishop moves in and Finn falls in love. She is creative and funny. When she announces that she is moving back home to Chicago shortly after Finn’s birthday, he is heartbroken, but decides to continue with his planned road trip with Cade to Dunston University in Oklahoma, a school they plan to attend unless Cade is drafted by the major leagues or is given an athletic scholarship to another university. The trip is the first time Finn has been out of California or away from home, and Cade helps him cut the cord by throwing away his cell while on the road in Arizona. While driving in a deluge in Oklahoma, they witness an accident and risk their own lives rescuing a little boy, a dog, and a grandfather from a raging river. This will appeal to teens who like novels that with a bit of an absurdist edge.–Suanne B. Roush, formerly at Osceola High School, Seminole, FL

*"This will appeal to teens who like novels that with a bit of an absurdist edge."

"Finn and Cade are a tag team for the ages. No one does male friendship (or vomit and accidental nudity) better than Andrew Smith."

"An unusual and memorable novel."

"The current of genuine warmth that runs through it ensures multiple revisits and enthusiastic sharing."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781442444959
ISBN-10: 1442444959
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English