Stan Smith is a loser. At 17, the former junior chess champion has become the "Town's Laziest Register Monkey at the Town's Only Video Store." Having just graduated high school, Stan decides to forgo college and live in his parent's garage to write a movie script. Despite his 165 IQ, all his movie ideas are horrible, not that he even comes close to finishing one. His only mode of transportation in his tiny town is his beat-up ten-speed bike that keeps getting vandalized. Without a future and without a car, getting a girl is obviously out of the question.
If that weren't pathetic enough, Stan's got to deal with a nutty family featuring his health-store-owning, organic-food-loving, vegan-freak mother and his inventor father who is obsessed with his eccentric creations. Even his dog has a farting problem. And to top it all off, there's a bonehead jock threatening to kill him, for no apparent reason.
Everyone in town thought Stan was going to Be Something and Go Somewhere. But when this boy genius can't even get out of Happy Video, it looks like he's going nowhere, faster. When a crisis strikes, Stan must decide what kind of man he wants to be, and soon finds that he might be going somewhere afterall.
*"Written in a comically manic style, this narrative goes from one unlikely scenario to another. And, the reader goes right along with it because the story is both compelling and likeable...."
—KLIATT (starred review)
"The book will appeal to many levels of readers...word of mouth will make it a favorite." —VOYA (starred review)
Sean Beaudoin is the author of Going Nowhere Faster, which was nominated as one of YALSA's "Best Books for Young Adults"; Fade to Blue, which was called "Infinite Jest for teens" by Booklist, You Killed Wesley Payne, which was a Booklist Editor's Choice; and The Infects, which was called a "wickedly unpredictable adventure" by Publishers Weekly. His short stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications. Sean's website is seanbeaudoin.com.