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Publisher Description

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Funny and heartbreaking, this New York Times bestselling debut perfectly captures the maddening confusion of adolescence and the prickly nature of family with irony and unerring honesty.

Harley Altmyer should be in college having the time of his life. He should be free from the backwards Pennsylvania coal town he calls home, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, he’s constantly reminded of just how messed up everything is...

Harley’s mother is in prison for killing his father, so he’s in charge of bringing up his younger sisters and working two jobs to pay the bills—and that doesn’t leave a lot of time for distractions. But lately, he’s getting more and more sidetracked by lusting after Callie Mercer, his middle-aged neighbor. As he struggles to keep it together, things begin to spin out of control. Soon Harley finds that as shattered as his family is, there are still more crushing surprises in store.

“In Harley, O’Dell has created a hero who’s heartbreakingly believable; like Holden Caulfield, he uses caustic humor to hide his pain. Readers will care very much about him and his future, if indeed he has one.”—St. Petersburg Times

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
1999
December 27
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

marjorie8888 ,

What a read!!!!

Crushingly beautifully written. The characters were developed to a heartbreaking point. I could not put this book down. The description of lives caught in a web also held the reader.

Faithinheart@.com ,

Kept me Guessing

This book kept me on the edge of my seat, every page had me hooked, as you dive deeper into the mystery of this story the harder it becomes to put the book down!

#1 Dierks Fan ,

Back Roads

This book was great !! I could not put it down, definitely a page turner. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

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