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Contributor(s): Geiger, J. C.
ISBN: 148474957X     ISBN-13: 9781484749579
Publisher: Disney Pr
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: June 2017
Annotation: A scholarship winner arrives in a small town where nobody knows him before he embarks on an odyssey of travel and exploration that finds him drifting far from his high-achieving life in the company of the first girl who has ever let him feel like himself. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook. 50,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Self-actualization (Psychology); Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016029359
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.75" W x 0.50" (1.08 lbs) 327 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #5)
High school valedictorians with girlfriends and college scholarships, like protagonist Lance, have it made, right? What happens, however, when we begin to doubt basic societal premises that define success? Lance takes a road trip in his classic but troublesome 1993 Buick. Of course the car breaks down on his way home, one day before his much-anticipated epic graduation party (and the long-delayed sex he expects to have with his girlfriend), and he gets stuck in a seedy room at the Trainsong Motel in middle-of-nowhere Washington State. The quirky characters in this provincial locale seem far removed from his life. Lance aches to fix his beloved Buick and get to the party. He is, however, a high school boy, and there is Dakota--an intriguing young woman artist with a very different perspective on life. Questions, questions, questions. And in these questions, Lance begins to slow down and notice that his life is just as provincial as anyone's in Trainsong. The sense of place is palpable. The dialogue often sparkles. If readers suspend disbelief and allow love to blossom in a condensed time frame, they'll be delighted with Geiger's debut novel. ed spicer Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 April #4)

Lance Hendricks plays by the rules. He's first chair trumpet, his 4.0 GPA has won him a college scholarship to study business, and he and his longtime girlfriend are about to have sex for the first time. He's a machine, always moving forward, until his car dies in rural Washington State, far from his Oregon home. The car was a gift from his absent father, and Lance won't leave it, even when the repairs drag out for days. During this unscheduled break from regular life, Lance hangs with the locals at the town's one bar, answers to the nickname Wildman, jumps trains, and spends time with lovely and unconventional Dakota. Debut novelist Geiger strands Lance a couple hours and a world away from comfort, setting up a dramatic climax in which Lance has to decide who to be—the rule-following boy he was raised as or the man who wants to play music and can't stop trembling when he's with Dakota. The book's world is a bit binary—it's either dreams or drudgery—but it effectively conveys the necessity of finding one's true self. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (June)

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