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High Before Homeroom Paperback – June 22, 2010
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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
Top Customer Reviews
Doug Schaffer is a sixteen-year-old self-proclaimed loser, although no one notices him enough to care.
When he falls for a girl at the mall he works at, he realizes the only way she'll ever pay attention to him is if he becomes a "bad boy." His plan? Become a meth addict, complete with the drama of rehab and returning with a reputation. What wasn't in his plan was the return of his formerly perfect brother, who was injured in Iraq and formed his own addictions.
What follows is Doug's sad, often humorous journey, albeit researched, into a life of drugs that he never fully embraces, but sucks him in nonetheless.
HIGH BEFORE HOMEROOM is a coming-of-age novel that, like life, isn't always easy to read, but is a very real depiction of the lengths teens will go to be accepted, regardless of the casualties they leave in their wake.
Maya Sloan may well be the most realistic voice to hit the young adult genre since Chris Crutcher, and I, for one, will certainly be following her rise to fame.
Reviewed by: Angie Fisher
A solid fun book for the summer. A fantastic debut novel -- what a good thing that S&S took this promissing young and talented writer, and published something so fresh and emotionally raw.
Jack (San Diego) Karaba
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a relentlessly readable narrative that has a deep grasp of character and a staggering amount of craft in storytelling. Read morePublished 24 months ago by John King
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 on July 27, 2013 by Aaron
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
The voice of the main character was so raw that I found myself blushing at times. I think every adult should read this story to find out what some teens think about today. Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by Kathy
High Before Homeroom is either an extremely brilliant book or a highly dismissive one - and I am not sure what I think exactly. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Tina