Last Exit to Normal, by Michael Harmon

Ben Campbell is having a rough life β€” after his dad came out of the closet three years ago, his mother ran off and left him behind with this man that Ben no longer understood. He rebelled, with the pot-smoking and the getting into trouble and the suspending of his license, but eventually his dad figured out the best punishment, and now Ben is off with his dad and his “momdad” to his momdad’s mother’s home in Montana. Fuuuuuuuuuuuun. Strict parents, hick bullies, and bigotry abound, but Ben also finds a kid that reminds him of himself and a sweet girl that he wants to marry, so maybe it’s not all bad?

I liked this book, for the most part, but I did not like its rather saccharine ending and some of the more unrealistic bits of the story. It’s really just that age-old story of city kid goes to the country, learns some responsibility and hard work, and becomes a better person, but with an added gay dad twist, and it’s good for what it is, but I’m not a big fan of that plot in general.

Rating: 6/10
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