100 Sideways Miles

By: Andrew Smith

Epileptic, shy, and pretty sure that he is actually a character in one of his father's novels, Finn feels trapped. Then he meets Julia.

ISBN: 9781442444959

JLG Release: Nov 2014


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Topics: Best friends , Friendship , Fathers and sons , Authors , Dating , Epilepsy , California

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Awards & Honors

2014 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature; YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults; New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2014, Young Adult; Los Angeles Public Library Best Books of 2014, Teen; The New York Public Library, Best Books for Teens 2014!

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
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, hetero
[STARRED REVIEW]
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. More than a bit wandering, this will appeal to teens who like novels that with a bit of an absurdist edge.—Suanne B. Roush, formerly at Osceola High School, Seminole, FL

Horn Book

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 “blan 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 bloom

Book Details

ISBN

9781442444959

First Release

November 2014

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.8; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.7; Points: 16;

Lexile

Level 890L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon & Schuster

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Topics

Best friends, Friendship, Fathers and sons, Authors, Dating, Epilepsy, California,

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