“Last Stop This Town” provides an interesting outlook for graduating high school seniors
May 1, 2012
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“Last Stop This Town” by David H. Steinberg gives a comedic outlook on high school graduation, but also hones in on the seriousness of moving on towards the future and away from the familiar.
The novel follows four boys; Dylan, the pretty boy who is a complete “babe” magnet; Noah, the only boy with a girlfriend which causes most of his emotional turmoil throughout the book; Pike, the pot smoker of the group; and, finally, Walker, the nerdy virgin, who is the center of most jokes.
Steinberg writes about four friends who eagerly await the day they have all been anticipating: graduation. And, for their last hoorah, they take a trip to New York City for a huge warehouse party. Through the novel, the boys take one wild ride.
Although their experiences are very unlikely to happen in real life, they make the novel hilarious and interesting, while capturing the deep bond of four best friends who are soon to live separate and distant lives.
The novels tends towards the raunchy side, contains adult situations and is definitely intended for mature audiences due to explicit language and events. Directed more towards upperclassman, the novel highlights scenes that are similar to those in “American Pie,” including a variety of sex, drugs and alcohol scenes.
However, these adult situations shouldn’t affect the choice of reading this book. Student who are mature enough shouldn’t hesitate to read this action-packed novel.
The boys crave adventure. Between racing their car in residential areas at record speed, getting caught in the middle of a gun fight and stealing their car from a towing lot (leading to a full on high speed chase), the book really catches the eye of every teenagers’ rebellious side.
However, their last adventure leans more towards a high school version of the “Hangover.” In some parts, the plot feels unrealistic, but the true emotions surrounding graduation and the comedic twists manage to keep the reader interested.
Not-so-surprisingly, the novel reveals the truth behind the racing hormones of teenage boys and their sexually focused, one-track mind. Between the parties and the girls, Steinberg still manages to include some substantial lessons in his novel.
Despite seniors’ constant fears of growing up and moving on, Steinberg stresses that life changes whether you’re ready or not and it’s best to embrace the change and make the most out of final memories.
Even though the general message may seem cliche, Steinberg relates to current students while keeping the book simplistic and funny. Despite the over done live-life-to-the-fullest, senior-memories message, it really addresses the current problem in most seniors’ lives. Change is coming and fast.