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


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781442444959
ISBN-10: 1442444959
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English