Exit here. Enter apathy. Jason Myers pushes the limits of teen fiction with this tale of love, addiction, and wrong choices.
Travis is back from college for the summer, and he's just starting to settle in to the usual pattern at home: drinking, drugging, watching porn, and hooking up.
But Travis isn't settling in like he used to; something isn't right. Maybe it's that deadly debauch in Hawaii, the memories of which Travis can't quite shake. Maybe it's Laura, Travis's ex, who reappears on the scene after a messy breakup and seems to want to get together -- or not. Or maybe it's his suddenly sensing how empty and messed up his life is, and wanting out.
But once you're at the party, it's tough to leave...
In his debut outing, Myers delivers a relentlessly bleak take on the self-destructive lives of a group of teenagers. Nineteen-year-old Travis moves back in with his well-to-do parents and younger sister after a failed year of college in Arizona and a licentious trip to Hawaii on his parents' dime. Travis immediately falls back in with his crowd of friends, none of whom, in an escalating whirlwind of cocaine, sex and underage drinking, spend much time sober at all. If Travis's usage (which has instilled similar interests in his sister) is never directly sanctioned by their parents, then it's certainly overlooked. As Travis reconnects with old friends as well as an ex-girlfriend, it becomes apparent that he is avoiding events that occurred while he was in Hawaii and attempting to return his life to how it used to be. After an interminable litany of violent sex, abusive relationships, drunk driving and rampant coke use, lives begin to fall apart, though only Travis-gradually-begins to realize the futility of this self-perpetuating cycle. Myers's writing is heavy on detail-particularly when highlighting the clothing, music, movies and slang that accompany the kids' lifestyle-and at times apparel seems to serve as a proxy for personification. While Myers seems reluctant to pass judgment on his teenage characters, his novel carries an implicit indictment of the parents who allow their children to abase themselves to such a degree. Ages 16-up.
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Hands down one of the best books I have ever read.
Best so fair
I have read many books and by fair this one I still always think about in my head I love the story behind it and all of Jason's other books!
I've read it 23 times
Any friend of mine that has read it loves it as well, I use the word pie grinder and others that travis and his friends say. Jason meyers is my favorite author of all time