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Last Stop This Town [Kindle Edition]

David Steinberg
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Book Description

The debut novel from "American Pie" series screenwriter David H. Steinberg. It's the last weekend before high school graduation, and as they prepare to go their separate ways, four life-long friends spend a wild and raucous night in New York City that forces them to face their fear of growing up... and growing apart.

West Hartford, Connecticut. Growing up in the suburbs is a mind-numbingly boring experience for most teenagers, and high school seniors Dylan, Noah, Pike, and Walker are no exception. They spend their days testing how fast they can drive on the local residential streets, bribing homeless dudes to buy them beer, and attending crappy house parties. So when Dylan proposes that they spend their last weekend of high school in New York City attending an underground rave, the guys are ready to make some serious memories.

In New York, though, the guys have run-ins with a drug dealer with a penchant for fire extinguishers, a Chinese restaurant owner with a score to settle, an Albanian street gang, con men, hookers, performance artists, and a gaggle of hot, degenerate, rich girls. Over the course of one incredible night, their outrageous journey gives the guys a bonding experience they'll never forget, as they learn that part of growing up means they're going to have to face their futures on their own.

(Parental advisory: This book contains strong language, drinking, drugs, and sexual situations, all involving teens.)

Editorial Reviews


"A rollicking shocker of a teen romp." -Anne Fortier, author of the international bestseller "Juliet"

"[A]ll the raunch of THE HANGOVER with all the heart of STAND BY ME... done with surprising elegance." -Damon Lindelof, co-creator of "Lost"

"As hysterical as it is touching, Last Stop This Town is destined to be a classic. It captures the humor and heartache of high school with perfection." -Samm Levine, "Freaks & Geeks"

"I found myself both laughing out loud and AWWW-ing every other page.... [T]here were both tender and funny moments ... showcasing the array of emotions that these teens experienced.... 10 out of 10." -Tumbling Books

"This will surely become a timeless teen story... that will greatly define the zeitgeist of teen culture for this new decade." -The Independent Florida Alligator

"Steinberg has crafted a novel that is impressively in touch with this generation and speaks honestly to it... Last Stop This Town is an example of the coming-of-age narrative done right." --USC Daily Trojan

"He validates the tumultuous teenage years we all pretend were nothing, giving weight to the struggles we aren't quite ready to admit to." --Duke Chronicle

"Packed with raunchy humour and hold-on-tight-to-your-socks action, Last Stop This Town is a delightfully entertaining, surprisingly elegant, and intensely gripping story." --Bookish

About the Author

David H. Steinberg is the screenwriter of the cult classic movie Slackers, National Lampoon's Barely Legal, and several films in the American Pie series. He grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, entered Yale at age 16, and earned his law degree from Duke, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. He practiced law for four years before abandoning his legal career to attend the USC School of Cinema-Television.

Steinberg has written extensively for film and television. "Last Stop This Town" is his first novel.

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  • Print Length: 194 pages
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slouching Towards West Hartford March 20, 2012
An absolutely engaging and ageless coming of age narrative. Deftly avoiding cliched caricature, Steinberg's teens grow with each passing page. The warmth, humor, and awkward moments which comprise the characters' interactions are vividly rendered. Young adults will be drawn instantly into a familiar and relatable reality wherein their present and future seem inexorably merged. Adults will revel in the nostalgic warmth of a fleeting period in life where inhibitions could be shed, friends were all around, and life's possibilities seemed to cascade endlessly. You will leave wanting more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book pulled me in instantly. It was very well written and I enjoyed being taken on this imaginative journey with the author. Youth, life and experience as told by someone who obviously can lay the story out in a way that keeps you engaged till the end. I kept on looking at the pages hoping it wasn't going to end. It did. A worthy read it was.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perils of coming of age all come alive March 18, 2012
By Lgretep
This is a raw electric teen suburban moment in growing up, bottled. I really felt like I was there. No, really. A coming of age tale has never felt so true, so familiar. Already hoping for a sequel, to see where these characters go, what they become, and how... After Hours meets Stand By Me meets 200 Cigarettes meets stodgy old blue blazer-clad West Hartford.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read August 13, 2012
By David
Format:Kindle Edition
Steinberg captures the feelings of boys who are, in fits and starts, growing into the men the will be. The charcters behave like teen boys think (if my memory serves) without the author condescending. Similar to an old person's acknowledgment of mortality, these guys are savoring the joys they know will end with approaching adulthood.

One reviewer expressed revulsion at a description os sexual behavior early in the book and reports deleting it. If the author excised sexual thoughts and expression, he could not have produced more than a couple of pages of discription of teenage boys. [Note: This book is not pornography. It simply does not avoid what is almost always central to the thoughts of these characters and to actual teenagers (unless they have changed remarkably since I was young).]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Packed with raunchy humour and hold-on-tight-to-your-socks action, Last Stop This Town is a delightfully entertaining, surprisingly elegant, and intensely gripping story of four friends' last weekend together. And boy, what a weekend it turns out to be! From the screenwriter of "American Pie" series, David H. Steinberg, comes a brilliant and refreshing tale of friendship, growing older and growing apart. It might not be the most profoundly meaningful novel out there, but one absolutely worth reading nevertheless.

Four life-long friends: Dylan, Noah, Pike, and Walker. Last weekend before high school graduation. An a brilliant idea to spend it in New York. That's basically the premise of this book. Add to that a whole lot of crazy (with a capital "C") events - from troubles with drug-dealers, to dangerous encounters with street gangs - and what you'll get is one explosive mix. Considering that this book is only 194 pages long, it's remarkable how many plot twists are crammed into it. And in a good way! I honestly didn't have time to pause and catch my breath, I breezed through the whole thing in just a few short hours. As a matter of fact, reading this book felt less like reading and more like watching a good old-school comedy movie. I found myself entirely captivated and laughing out loud. Okay, more like snorting and shaking my head in amusement, but still!

I liked all the characters a lot. All four guys are so very different from each other and I loved watching them interacting with one another. The dialogues were fresh, natural and sparkly. Their good-natured, semi-serious bickering was so entertaining and heart-warming, it reminded me of my old group of friends, and I'm pretty sure I teared up a couple of times (yes, I'm sentimental like that).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I truly enjoyed reading this book September 20, 2014
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I truly enjoyed reading this book, and took a chance on it initially because of the author's screenwriting credits (I'm a huge fan of the American Pie movies).
My only criticisms are pretty minor: the use of 'Tom Swifties' for dialogue attribution (she offered, he gasped, etc.) and that the text kind of read screenplay-like, but overall I really enjoyed Mr. Steinberg's work a great deal. All the hallmarks of a R-rated teen comedy that I enjoy, with solidly-executed 'take the character's dream scenario and turn it into a nightmare' scenes. Lots of great dialogue and one-liners, as well.
I really don't get the whiners who give a one or two-star reviews that are peppered with "misogyny," Fiction is not a documentary or social commentary or newscast, for that matter. If everything written in literature reflected nothing but social ideals we should strive for, books and the creative arts, for entertainment sake, would virtually cease to exist... or at least become boring beyond belief.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Stop This Town by David H. Steinberg March 25, 2012
Last Stop This Town is about the last weekend before High School Graduation for 4 seniors -Dylan, Noah, Pike, and Walker. Growing up in a boring suburb town in Connecticut, they decide to make their last weekend eventful and memorable by going to a rave in NYC. Little did they know what was in store on the journey to get to the rave.

Last Stop This Town took me right back to high school, I loved going to raves and had a few interesting weekends myself. I really enjoyed this coming of age book, it was well written and the characters were very interesting. This was a quick read that kept my interest through out the entire book. The adventures that these four guys had were humorous and entertaining. Last Stop This Town does contain strong language, drinking, drugs, and sexual situations which makes it more for the mature young adult crowd, specifically male. However, female YA and adults will love it too.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun raunchy teen adventure and humor. Easy read and good pace.
Published 2 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Screen Worthy!!!
Hated the language and loved the characters. I was with the four boys as they rolled into NYC and rocked the place with their wild antics. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Whittington
1.0 out of 5 stars glad it was free
Didn't finish, too vulgar for me
Published 5 months ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
entertaining read
Published 7 months ago by .April
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quick read that does capture parts of growing up in central CT.
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Hong
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Published 8 months ago by ampen - techmatte
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like raunchy teen comedies, this is a winner!
This was a tough decision for me, but I liked it enough to give it four stars. I kept thinking about how much the book was like one of the various teen comedy movies like Van... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Mann
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
The good - well written.

The bad- misogynistic, crude and trite. Truly crude and misogynistic.

I nearly deleted this book mid read more than once. Read more
Published 10 months ago by DHB
3.0 out of 5 stars American Pie, The Novel
I suppose that's not surprising since they're written by the same man. Still, just like American Pie stopped being funny after the second movie, this book is just "there". Read more
Published 12 months ago by Reader With Standards
2.0 out of 5 stars Ewwwwww
I only made it to the start of Chapter 4 (10% on my kindle), so the story might have gotten better. But the story did not interest me enough to find out. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Linda Willis
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More About the Author

David H. Steinberg grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, entered Yale at age 16, and earned his law degree from Duke University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. Despite his professed intelligence, it took him four years of practicing law in Atlanta and New York to realize he hated being a lawyer. He quit cold turkey and drove across country with his dad to attend USC's Peter Stark Producing Program.

Just when he'd blown through his savings, Steinberg sold his first screenplay "Slackers" which went on to become a cult classic movie (read: bomb) starring Devon Sawa, Jason Schwartzman, and Jamie King. And thus began his wildly uneven teen comedy career, which includes several films in the "American Pie" franchise, "National Lampoon's Barely Legal," and the remake of the 1980's classic "Porky's."

In addition to his raunchy sex comedies, Steinberg has written several respectable animated movies like "Puss in Boots" and "Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games." In television, he's written a bunch of TV pilots for the networks but none of them ever got made so no one's ever heard of them. As a director, Steinberg created the award-winning short film, "The Babysitter," which garnered over four million online views on, and recently made his feature directorial debut on the totally sweet (and not-at-all perverted) romantic comedy "Miss Dial," set for release in late 2012.

"Last Stop This Town" is his first novel. Whether he writes another one depends on you.

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