This is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

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Fans of Andrew Smith and Matt de la Pena will be captivated by this summer-in-the-life of a teenage guy growing up in a trailer park in Eugene, Oregon.
 
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 around the lake, trying 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.

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.

"Profane and profound... A raw offbeat novel with an abundance of honesty and heart." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"So real it hurts."—David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland

"Hoffmeister crushes it. There is blood and truth on every page." —Estelle Laure, author of This Raging Light 
 

About Peter Brown Hoffmeister

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Peter Hoffmeister is the author of Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: A Fearless Guide to Taking Young People Into the Outdoors (Perigee, 2013), and his memoir The End of Boys (Soft Skull, 2010), and is a writer for The Huffington Post, Climbing magazine, Rock and Ice magazine, and Gripped magazine, among others. His fiction collection, Loss, won the 2006 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and his essay, "How to Break Up With Your Climbing Partner," won the Rock and Ice National Bloggers' Brawl. He knows Yosemite like the back of his hand, and is a veteran camper, rock climber, rafter, teacher, and guide.
 
Published May 17, 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 336 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this tragicomic YA debut from adult author Hoffmeister (Let Them Be Eaten by Bears), a young man contends with anger, family troubles, and romance over a few increasingly chaotic months. T

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