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This is the part where you laugh

by Hoffmeister, Peter Brown,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 13 Libraries 13 of 13 copies
Available (13)
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Young Adult Fiction YA Hof
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CLP - Beechview Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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CLP - Brookline Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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CLP - Carrick Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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CLP - East Liberty Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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CLP - Homewood Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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CLP - Knoxville Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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CLP - Lawrenceville Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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CLP - South Side Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hoffmeister
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Plum Community Library Young Adult Fiction YA FIC HOF
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Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA HOFFMEISTER
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Summary
High school sophomore, Travis, plans to spend the summer as follows-

-Practicing basketball with his best friend, Creature.
-Reading excerpts of Creature's novel-in-progress- The Pervert's Guide to Russian Princesses.
-Paddling around the lake, trying to catch a glimpse of the beautiful girl who just moved in.
-Trying, also, to catch a glimpse of the monster that has been gobbling up the neighbors' pets.
-Not shoplifting, not getting into trouble.
-Searching the homeless encampments for his mother, with a jar full of cash to help her get back on her feet.
The summer takes a dark turn when Creature is attacked by a gangbanger in a pick-up game. He survives, but the attack sets into motion a chain of events that threatens both boys' futures....
From a powerful new voice in YA literature comes an unforgettable account of growing up, making mistakes, and growing out of the shadow of drug abuse.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "There's not much laughing in Travis' life. His mother is a homeless heroin addict, he is living in a trailer park with his grandparents (his grandma dying of cancer, and his grandpa smoking his wife's medical marijuana), and Travis is dealing with anger management issues in his attempt to rejoin the high-school basketball team. The bright spots in his life include his best friend and fellow basketball-lover Creature; his wealthy, hot, across-the-lake neighbor, Natalie; and the two caimans he put into the lake so as to distract his grandmother with good stories during her final days. Hoffmeister takes readers down into Travis' drug- and poverty-ridden life, briefly bringing us up for air with Creature's seductive love letters to dead Russian princesses and Travis and Natalie's sweet romance. But the hard inevitability of teenagers trying desperately to survive a morass permeates this well-written and quite sad book. Still, Hoffmeister leaves the reader with the hope that Travis might ultimately thrive. This is the part, perhaps, where readers cry.--Bradburn, Frances Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this tragicomic YA debut from adult author Hoffmeister (Let Them Be Eaten by Bears), a young man contends with anger, family troubles, and romance over a few increasingly chaotic months. Travis's summer goals are simple: improve his basketball skills, stay out of trouble, and try to cheer up his grandmother, who's dying from cancer. He also hangs out with his best friend Creature, spends time with a mercurial girl named Natalie, and searches for his drug-addicted mother in the homeless camps around the area. But the harder Travis tries, the more things spiral out of control, and when Creature runs afoul of a vindictive gang member, it puts everything into a new perspective. Hoffmeister's coming-of-age story is both profane and profound-as Travis eloquently puts it early on, "Fuck being here in this trailer park and waiting to die. Fuck cancer." Excerpts from Creature's work in progress, a combination history/erotic romance entitled The Pervert's Guide to Russian Princesses, give the story a surreal yet poignant edge. The result is a raw, offbeat novel with an abundance of honesty and heart. Ages 14-up. Agent: Adriann Ranta, Foundry Literary + Media. (May)? © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Conduct of life -- Fiction.
Dysfunctional families -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Sick -- Fiction.
Poverty -- Fiction.
Basketball stories.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "This is a Borzoi Book"--Title page verso
Description 331 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780553538106
0553538101
9780553538113
055353811X
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