Last Stop This Town by David Steinberg
Growing up in the suburbs is a mind-numbingly boring experience for most teenagers, and high school seniors Dylan, Noah, Pike, and Walker are no exception. They spend their days testing how fast they can drive on the local residential streets, bribing homeless dudes to buy them beer, and attending crappy house parties. So when Dylan proposes that they spend their last weekend of high school in New York City attending an underground rave, the guys are ready to make some serious memories.
In New York, though, the guys have run-ins with a drug dealer with a penchant for fire extinguishers, a Chinese restaurant owner with a score to settle, an Albanian street gang, con men, hookers, performance artists, and a gaggle of hot, degenerate, rich girls. Over the course of one incredible night, their outrageous journey gives the guys a bonding experience they’ll never forget, as they learn that part of growing up means they’re going to have to face their futures on their own.(Goodreads)
Four guys—Dylan (the leader), Noah (the smart one), Walker (the shy one) and Pike (the stoner) are about to go their separate ways after high school graduation, but not before embarking on a crazy night in New York City in quest of the ultimate party. It’s their chance to share one last night together before their whole world changes. On this adventure they get lost, get their car towed, get chased, meet girls, get drunk, participate in a drug deal, meet some hookers…it’s a full night.
The writing here is funny. There were moments when I laughed out loud at the raunchy humor—but it was a slow start. The idea of four friends having one last hurrah is hardly new, but it is something we can all relate to. It felt very much like a movie along the lines of American Pie (which is fine), but not a lot happens right away. As far as the characters, they had an obvious affection for one another and a typical guy way of showing it via name calling and teasing. That felt completely authentic.
When the boys get to NY it all changes. The events that take place are funny, but I found myself struggling with two things.
1. Where on earth do these high school boys get the insane amounts of cash they seem to have on hand? Honestly. It was totally unreal, but money was never an issue.
2. There is an underage storyline here that I found to be highly disturbing. We’ve all seen or read stories with college-aged kids assuming high school girls are actually older than they are, right? But in this book..SPOILER ALERT…the guys are about to get it on with junior high girls. And I’m not just talking about kissing. THE GIRLS WERE TWELVE! That is in no way funny. Don’t even go there.
Overall, it was a quick, easy read and it had some very funny moments. I didn’t fall in love with this book because it felt like something I’d seen a million times before, but there was enough humor and heart to drive me to finish it.
Crush Intensity: 2.5/5
Thank you to David Steinberg for sending me a copy of Last Stop This Town. It’s on sale now.