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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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).]
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.
This book is about four friends who are graduating from high school. Because they are all headed to different colleges, they decide to do something exciting with each other before they lose their close friendship. This leads to a crazy, sex- and drug-filled, hilarious adventure that is this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This wouldn't be out of place as a Hollywood teen film script. And I'd watch that movie.Published 6 months 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 7 months 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 11 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 19 months ago by Barbara Whittington
Quick read that does capture parts of growing up in central CT.Published 23 months ago by Jeff Hong