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This Is the Part Where You Laugh
by Peter Brown Hoffmeister


Overview - "So real it hurts."--David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland.

Fans of Matt de la Pena will be captivated by this summer-in-the-life of a teenage guy growing up in a trailer park in Eugene, Oregon.

Travis never gives up.  Read more...


 
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More About This Is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
 
 
 
Overview
"So real it hurts."--David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland.

Fans of Matt de la Pena will be captivated by this summer-in-the-life of a teenage guy growing up in a trailer park in Eugene, Oregon.

Travis never gives up.
Not when his mom takes off.
Not when he gets suspended from basketball.
Not when he cracks four ribs jumping off a bridge to impress a girl.
Not when he and his best friend Creature get into trouble deeper than they know how to handle.

From acclaimed author Peter Brown Hoffmeister comes a painfully-funny, sometimes-crushing story of growing up, making mistakes, and pressing on, against the odds.

"In my mind the best storytellers walk that high tight wire between tragedy and comedy. This Is the Part Where You Laugh is exactly the part where you laugh. And ache. This is a really good book "--Chris Crutcher

"A courageous novel. Incandescent and unflinching." --Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King

"A raw offbeat novel with an abundance of honesty and heart." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Hoffmeister crushes it. There is blood and truth on every page." --Estelle Laure, author of This Raging Light

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780553538106
  • ISBN-10: 0553538101
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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Books > Young Adult Fiction > Social Themes - Class Differences
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Sports & Recreation - Basketball
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Social Themes - Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this tragicomic YA debut from adult author Hoffmeister (Let Them Be Eaten by Bears), a young man contends with anger, family troubles, and romance over a few increasingly chaotic months. Travis’s summer goals are simple: improve his basketball skills, stay out of trouble, and try to cheer up his grandmother, who’s dying from cancer. He also hangs out with his best friend Creature, spends time with a mercurial girl named Natalie, and searches for his drug-addicted mother in the homeless camps around the area. But the harder Travis tries, the more things spiral out of control, and when Creature runs afoul of a vindictive gang member, it puts everything into a new perspective. Hoffmeister’s coming-of-age story is both profane and profound—as Travis eloquently puts it early on, “Fuck being here in this trailer park and waiting to die. Fuck cancer.” Excerpts from Creature’s work in progress, a combination history/erotic romance entitled The Pervert’s Guide to Russian Princesses, give the story a surreal yet poignant edge. The result is a raw, offbeat novel with an abundance of honesty and heart. Ages 14–up. Agent: Adriann Ranta, Foundry Literary + Media. (May)

 
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