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-- Julianna Baggott, author of The Miss America Family and co-author of Which Brings Me to You
"Here's a confession: I like Doug Schaffer more than I ever liked his idol Dean Moriarty, and I had much more fun reading Maya Sloan's High Before Homeroom than I ever had reading its literary progenitor, On the Road."
--Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road and Bad Mother
"Funny and poignant, this energetic coming-of-age novel about a young outsider who takes a radical path to coolness marks Maya Sloan as an engaging new young novelist to watch."
--Rilla Askew, author of Harpsong
"No matter how profane it may seem at times, High Before Homeroom, like Youth in Revolt, is ultimately a charming take on one nerd's coming of age. In this assured debut, Maya Sloan clears the gender barrier, giving us the hapless Doug Schaffer, sixteen and obsessed with sex, love and Kerouac."
--Stewart O'Nan, author of Snow Angels and The Speed Queen
"I love this book. Doug Schaffer -- sixteen years old and in an almost-constant state of arousal, as only a sixteen-year-old boy can be -- is everything you'd hope for in a narrator:disarmingly honest and irreverent and affable and funny -- very funny. Maya Sloan is a mad scientist of a novelist, filling her Petri dish with the cells of J. D. Salinger, William Burroughs, and Mark Twain, but ultimately this novel is her own glorious creation: a smart and wholly original take on what it means to yearn, in all its manifestations, in the 21st century."
-- John McNally, author of After the Workshop
"Searing one moment, laugh-out-loud funny the next, Maya Sloan's High Before Homeroom is an honest, surprising, and dazzling debut."
-- Davy Rothbart, FOUND Magazine and This American Life
This is a relentlessly readable narrative that has a deep grasp of character and a staggering amount of craft in storytelling. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John King
Having lived in Oklahoma City and known the author...I had no idea what was coming from such an indigo child. Read morePublished 9 months ago by leslie
This is an incredible book by a gifted writer. It's a must read for young adults and older adults alike. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bobbie
I got this because the singer of He is Legend was going to have a spot in the movie and it struck my interest. It was a great read.Published 17 months ago by Aaron
As other reviewers have noted, addiction isn't funny. What IS funny is the lengths we go to (as teens, or even adults) to impress a potential love interest. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cordelia
Having seen many young guys turn to meth then heroin...I find NOTHING entertaining about this story. I have sat in court rooms watching addicts return to jail over and over again. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Wet Hands
My book club loved High Before Homeroom, particularly the section about how posters define us - it is so true of the teen years. The characters were compelling. Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by galvanizepress/typad
This book really got into the head of its main character. Reminded me somewhat of Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler, only with far more detail and with realistic language.Published on April 22, 2011 by Robert