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The Resource This is the part where you laugh, Peter Brown Hoffmeister

This is the part where you laugh, Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Label
This is the part where you laugh
Title
This is the part where you laugh
Statement of responsibility
Peter Brown Hoffmeister
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Rising sophomore Travis and his best friend, Creature, spend a summer in a Eugene, Oregon, trailer park dealing with cancer, basketball, first love, addiction, gang violence, and a reptilian infestation
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2017.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 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 (Reviewed 3/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 14, p59)
  • Gr 10 Up—In the opening scene of this powerful and unsettling novel, Travis is in the process of releasing two caimans—fearsome alligatorlike creatures—into the lake behind his grandparents' home. He claims that he is doing so to provide entertainment for his dying grandmother. Is his motivation this simple, or is his genuine love for his grandmother also a pretext for expressing the rage that seems to lie just beyond the realm of his understanding? No easy answers are provided, and readers are forced to decide for themselves if Travis is perpetrator, victim, or both. He spends much of the narrative searching for the heroin-addicted mother who abandoned him, and he suffered the depredations of foster care and the juvenile justice system before being taken in by his caring but poverty-stricken grandparents. Basketball provides solace and purpose for his life, but even here his violent nature intrudes, as he knocks a trash-talking opponent unconscious in a game. While he forms connections with Creature, a teammate who writes love letters to long-dead Russian princesses, and Natalie, a troubled girl who lives on the affluent side of the lake, Travis is, in the end, unable to overcome either his own impulses or the circumstances of his life. In a compelling but disturbing narrative voice, the protagonist recounts the assaults and other acts of aggression he commits in flat, uninflected, unemotional language, as if he were describing the deeds of someone else. VERDICT A unique, unforgettable tale that is a must-have for all YA collections.—Richard Luzer, formerly at Fair Haven Union High School, VT --Richard Luzer (Reviewed 04/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 4, p166)
  • /* Starred Review */ It's one tough summer in Eugene, Oregon, for Travis and his friends, "good kids with rough lives," as Travis' basketball coach calls them. Travis' friend Natalie says, "This is the part where you laugh. You just have to. When things are so shitty that there's nothing you can do, there's no other way to react." And the problems do pile up. Travis lives in a trailer park with his grandparents, and his grandmother is dying of cancer; his mother is a homeless heroin addict. Natalie has reason not to trust her new stepfather. Travis breaks his ribs jumping off a bridge, and his friend Malik is stabbed during a pickup basketball game. Yet the story never feels heavy or melodramatic. What might seem didactic in lesser hands feels realistic and right here. Messages are delivered in natural dialogue, the well-drawn characters speaking from the heart with wisdom derived from firsthand experience. "We keep working. We keep trying. 'Cause fuck everyone else, you know? We just do what we do….We keep trying hard." And plenty of humor leavens the tale: Travis releases two 4-foot caimans into the local pond and pees on a racist neighbor's steps, and Malik writes "dirty love letters" that Travis' grandmother reads and loves. Travis and feisty Natalie are there for each other, and teen readers will identify with them. Travis and Natalie are white; Malik is black; poverty and love connect them. A memorable story of good kids transcending rough lives. (Fiction. 14 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10488959
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hoffmeister, Peter Brown
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL700L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 10
  • 12
Reading level
4.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Conduct of life
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Friendship
  • Sick
  • Poverty
  • Conduct of life
  • Family problems
  • Friendship
  • Basketball
  • Sick
  • Poverty
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
Target audience
adolescent
Label
This is the part where you laugh, Peter Brown Hoffmeister
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1526984
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
331 pages
Isbn
9780553538106
Lccn
2015022147
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780553538106
  • (OCoLC)919236585
Label
This is the part where you laugh, Peter Brown Hoffmeister
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1526984
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
331 pages
Isbn
9780553538106
Lccn
2015022147
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780553538106
  • (OCoLC)919236585

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