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100 Sideways Miles
Contributor(s): Smith, Andrew

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ISBN: 1442444959     ISBN-13: 9781442444959
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Published: September 2014
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Annotation: Perceiving his world through a sense of space rather than time, Finn Easton struggles with paranoia and heartbreak while embarking on a road trip to a prospective college, where his zany friend and he become unlikely heroes. By the award-winning author of Winger.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Best friends; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Fathers and sons; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2013030326
Lexile Measure: 890
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.85 lbs) 277 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 168458
Reading Level: 5.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q63405
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 16.0
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
High schooler Finn survived a freak accident years ago in which a dead horse fell from an overpass, killing his mother. After girl-of-his-dreams Julia moves away, crestfallen Finn embarks on a college visit with his friend Cade, a trip that turns them into heroes. Finn has a funny, fluid narrative voice, and his banter with Cade is excellent--and often hilariously vulgar. Unusual and memorable.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #5)
High schooler Finn Easton has unusual scars on his back. Finn's "emoticons"--so-called because they look like a colon, vertical slash, colon--are the result of a freak accident in which a dead horse fell from an overpass, killing his mother and crushing Finn. Besides the scars, Finn still experiences periodic "blank-outs," or epileptic episodes. But he has a pretty good life otherwise: his novelist father loves him; his best friend, sex-obsessed Cade Hernandez, makes him laugh; and he has recently met Julia, the girl of his dreams. Yet he feels stuck in his father's cult-classic sci-fi novel; after all, it was Finn's scars that gave his father the idea for the book, and one of the main characters is named Finn. After Julia moves away, the crestfallen Finn embarks on a college visit with Cade, a trip that turns the boys into heroes. Finn has a funny, fluid narrative voice, and his banter with Cade is excellent--and often hilariously vulgar (Cade regularly notes the way Finn's scars resemble something sexual; for example: "What flounders look like when they fuck"). If Finn is overly quirky--his way of thinking in distances rather than time is made a bit much of--Smith can be forgiven because his writing is so striking overall. Finn's first kiss with Julia is "a flooding exodus of everything uncontained, all those nouns, articles, verbs, emptying me completely." An unusual and memorable novel. sam bloo Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 June #3)

Smith dives back into the mind of a teenage boy in a story that's less brutal or apocalyptic than his recent work (readers who know him from Grasshopper Jungle or Winger may keep waiting for the other shoe to drop), but similarly full of existential questions and sexuality run amok. When 16-year-old Finn Easton was a boy, he and his mother were crushed by a falling dead horse in a freak accident—Finn's mother died, and he broke his back, leaving him with recurring epileptic episodes and a scar on his back. In the present, Finn is navigating relationships with his father, the author of a cult science-fiction novel; his raunchy best friend Cade; and a new girl in town, Julia. Road-trip shenanigans, condom-purchasing embarrassments, drunken parties, and stumbling attempts at first love all factor into the novel, but amid the loopy escapades, Finn's musings about the universe's constant dispersal and recycling of atoms, along with his habit for measuring time in the distance the Earth is forever racing around the sun, provide a memorable perspective on human (in)significance. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 July)

Gr 9 Up—Finn Easton has lived his life in the shadow of a book. As a child, Finn was severely injured and his mother killed in a freak accident: a dead horse landed on them when it fell off a truck that was traveling over a bridge. After the accident, his father took many of Finn's unique characteristics (his name, heterochromatic eyes, propensity to measure time in miles traveled by the Earth in orbit, struggle with epilepsy, and a particular scar along his back) and made them into a character in a Robert Heinlein-esque novel, The Lazarus Door. The novel has attained cult status around the world and made Finn's life a nightmare. The only person who treats him as though he is not the character in the book is his best friend, Cade Hernandez, the tobacco-chewing, sex-obsessed, teacher-baiting hero to their classmates, beloved for his pitching skills and his ability to get most people—especially girls—to do whatever he wants. Late in their junior year, Julia Bishop moves in and Finn falls in love. She is creative and funny. When she announces that she is moving back home to Chicago shortly after Finn's birthday, he is heartbroken, but decides to continue with his planned road trip with Cade to Dunston University in Oklahoma, a school they plan to attend unless Cade is drafted by the major leagues or is given an athletic scholarship to another university. The trip is the first time Finn has been out of California or away from home, and Cade helps him cut the cord by throwing away his cell while on the road in Arizona. While driving in a deluge in Oklahoma, they witness an accident and risk their own lives rescuing a little boy, a dog, and a grandfather from a raging river. This will appeal to teens who like novels with a bit of an absurdist edge, such as Libba Bray's Going Bovine (Delacorte, 2009).—Suanne B. Roush, formerly at Osceola High School, Seminole, FL

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