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Last Stop This Town Paperback – March 7, 2012
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"[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
Steinberg has written extensively for film and television. "Last Stop This Town" is his first novel.
More About the Author
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 Atom.com, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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).]
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).Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This wouldn't be out of place as a Hollywood teen film script. And I'd watch that movie.Published 7 hours ago by Andrew Hime
I would recommend this book to high school kids as a warning. My school days were nothing like this. Is this going to be a movie?Published 1 month ago by Airym79
Loved this book! Very well written, breezy, fun, sentimental, realistic. Such a quick read...I want to spend more time with these characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished 12 months ago by Barbara Whittington
Quick read that does capture parts of growing up in central CT.Published 16 months ago by Jeff Hong