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"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Monkey Business Press (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469902664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469902661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,851,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Wilder, American Pie, Superbad, etc. After I had finished the book, I saw on Goodreads that the author was actually a screenwriter for several of these types of films, including American Pie! If you don't care for those kinds of movies, you'll probably not like this book.

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.
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