by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
Travis plans to spend the summer as follows:
– Working on his basketball game with his friend Creature.
– Reading excerpts from Creature’s novel-in-progress: The Pervert’s Guide to Russian Princesses.
– Canoeing and fishing the lake, hoping to catch a glimpse of the beautiful girl who just moved in.
– Not getting into trouble, not going back to juvie . . .
– Searching the homeless camps for his mother, with a jar full of cash to help her get back on her feet.
The summer takes a dark turn when Creature is attacked by a gang member. He survives, but the attack sets in motion a chain of events that threatens both boys’ futures.
From a powerful new voice in YA literature comes an unforgettable account of growing up, making mistakes, and growing out of the shadow of drug abuse.
North American publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, May 2016
Foreign rights sold: Germany (Random House Germany)
Foreign rights contact: Katherine Harrison, Knopf Books for Young Readers
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
A memorable story of good kids transcending rough lives.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
A raw, offbeat novel with an abundance of honesty and heart.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
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.”—Booklist
So real it hurts. This book will stick with you.”—David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland
In my mind the best storytellers walk that high tight wire between tragedy and comedy with a magician’s grace. The further they take you down the road of comedy, the further you’re willing to follow them down the road of tragedy. Enter Peter Hoffmeister. This is the Part where You Laugh, is exactly the part where you laugh. And ache. This is a really good book!”—Chris Crutcher, bestselling and award-winning author of Deadline and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Hoffmeister crushes it, weaving seamlessly between aching humor, brilliant dissonance, gritty romance, and chaotic hope. He glosses over nothing. He doesn’t give a single word for free. There is blood and truth on every page.”—Estelle Laure, author of This Raging Light
A courageous novel that gives a voice to those on the margins; incandescent with keening ache, love, and the sort of friendship that burns bright in the darkest dark.”—Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King