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Here's to You, Zeb Pike

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Fact: When Zebulon Pike attempted to climb what is now known as Pikes Peak, he got stuck in waist-deep snow and had to turn back.

That's the last thing Dusty Porter learns in his Colorado history class before appendicitis ruins his life. It isn't long before social services figures out that Dusty's parents are more myth than reality, and he and his siblings are shipped off
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Harmony Ink Press (first published March 20th 2012)
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Lauraadriana
You know when you see a cover and then you read a blurb and you get that feeling? That feeling that says, “I’ve found something special”…This book gave me that feeling, and it was completely what I expected. More even. Well written, engaging, moving, funny, emotionally clever, endearing and with strong lessons about life. This is the kind of Young Adult story that really adds value to a young person’s perpective, makes them see the world a little differently. And for grown ups like me, well, it’ ...more
LenaLena
Jan 23, 2014 LenaLena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mm
There are many YA books that I’ve enjoyed immensely. Gives Light by Rose Christo and Silent by Sara Alva come to mind. But I must say, this book felt much younger than most of the YA I’ve read, mostly because of the simplicity of the the story line. Dusty, the protag is 14, but if this book had had more swords and/or talking animals I wouldn’t have had a problem reading it to my 9 year old, it felt that young. As it is he would find it very boring, and I am pretty sure my 13 year old would too. ...more
Ulysses Dietz
Jun 25, 2014 Ulysses Dietz rated it really liked it
I only read YA books with LGBT themes, and 35% into Joanna Parkhurst's "Here's to you Zeb Pike," I was wondering if the friend who recommended this to me had misunderstood something. Because Dustin Porter, the wounded, brave heroic adolescent at the center of this story, has more than enough to deal with in his young life without focusing on his emerging sexual awareness, and his story had already captured me, hook, line and sinker.

Then the other shoe dropped. And I was very glad.

Parkhurst mana
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Mrs. Schonour
This book had me hooked from the beginning, which is sure to happen with young adult readers! This well-written novel has believable and interesting characters that are sure to interest readers. The author does a great job getting into the head of a high school boy. It is clear Parkhurst has lived in both Colorado Springs and Vermont, as her settings are very accurate. The historical aspect adds a fun twist and provides even more intrigue. I want to know more about Zeb Pike after reading this bo ...more
Lori
Mar 22, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
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I have to state right away that I loved this book and read it straight off, in one sitting, I also have to say that it is more YA than M/M. It is a YA story whose main character happens to be gay rather than an M/M book that happens to be YA - and I would recommend it to everyone but most specially those readers that are actually Young Adults.

This story was both sad and hopeful, and right from the beginning I was on Dusty's side. Life has been hard for Dusty, his parents a
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Ari
Feb 04, 2015 Ari rated it really liked it
Luvvvv...luvvvvv this book.
Honestly for a book YA story with LGBT characters, this book not quite exploring that LGBT thing, how that LGBT charas deals with his new found sexuality and so and so, but the story indeed more about family relationship. And this story about family really moved me, make me teary just by remembering it.

The story was about Dustin Porter or Dusty, 14 nearly 15 yo. He's been taking care his younger brother & sister since he was like...ten. His father left them, his mo
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Phoebe Gee
Loved this story! The first person perspective felt like a 14 year old boy to me, and not like an adult thinking through a young adult's situation. It frustrates me to read a YA novel and find the thought process of the main character to be more mature than mys own(40+ years old)! I do enjoy reading the occasional YA LGBT story for my own entertainment, but I mainly read them to pass on to my 16yr old son. He is struggling in his search of self, so it is especially important that the story reads ...more
Michael Bowler
Jan 22, 2014 Michael Bowler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book that straddles a fine line between social commentary and entertainment, and succeeds at both. Dusty is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives in Colorado Springs with his younger brother and sister and essentially acts as their parent and caregiver. Why? Because Dusty’s parents are perfectly drawn examples of people who should never have had children in the first place and once they did, they made the youngsters’ lives miserable. It’s not because they’re evil people. On some ...more
Niki
Nov 10, 2013 Niki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this very insightful story of a young teen going through the upheavals in his young tender life. Dusty is such a marvelous protagonist and I love his very engaging and refreshing voice. His care for his kids sister and brother is simply heartwarming, his dealings with his parents heartbreaking. What I love about the plot is that the bad things have happened (we do get little snippets) and the story is about moving forward as these 3 wonderful kids find the 2 people who really love ...more
Lorraine Lesar
Nov 23, 2014 Lorraine Lesar rated it it was amazing
I believe this is my first real venture into the YA market - I won this book in the celebratory Boymeetsboy First Anniversary Give Away - and entered into this unknown world with trepidation and high optimism all mixed up together, what I didn't expect was that my heart would be stretched to breaking point and then mended, all within approx. 150 pages - I may never recover! I started reading this pretty late in the evening, expecting to read a few pages and then go to bed. The reality was howeve ...more
Jax
Jun 18, 2014 Jax added it
Shelves: young-adult, dnf
Quit at 25%. Found the writing style simplistic and the characters like cardboard cutouts. For such an emotional subject, it felt flat & lifeless.
Cay
Nov 06, 2013 Cay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt-ya
3.5 stars

I keep reading contemporary YA GLBT stories one after another, like it's going out of style, these days, and I have to say I'm really enjoying myself. But after finishing Here's to You, Zeb Pike I started to wonder: maybe I shouldn't read every book that crosses my path and has GLBT characters in it. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Here's to You, Zeb Pike, but I might have enjoyed it more if it wasn't my nth GLBT book this fall. Or maybe not since, even though they belong to the same genr
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E. Summers
Here's to You, Zeb Pike is an excellent book. The title was intriguing and beckoned me in, but it was Dusty's voice and his story that kept me glued to my kindle form start to finish.

The basic points of the plot are revealed in the book blurb. Dusty Porter and his little brother and sister have been, in essence, abandoned by their parents, leaving Dusty to take care of himself and his siblings. Considering Dusty had to teach himself how to do everything, including laundry and budgeting whatever
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Jennifer
Jul 27, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t1
When I first read the blurb and some blog posts about this book, I had a feeling I would love it. And I was right!

I found "Here's to You, Zeb Pike" to be a moving, sometimes frustrating (in a good way), always engaging story. I especially enjoyed the POV/voice in which the story is told - that of 14-year-old Dusty who has been taking care of his younger brother and sister for years after his father leaves and his mother begins being absent for ever-increasing lengths of times. Dusty is smart, sw
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The Novel Approach Reviews
This booked moved me a lot, and as an adult reader, I feel this book transcends the shackles of the YA labeling and provides something for every reader out there. It was written with humour, sensitivity and grace. It provided message after message of positive enforcement for its young readers and will inspire apathy for anyone in contact with a struggling teen. This book means a lot, not only to myself but to anyone who will pick it up. Much like Huston Piner’s seminal masterpiece My Life as a M ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Which Way Did He Go, George?
Drinking Buddy: God, This Kid Needs to Kick Back With a Virgin Cocktail
Testosterone Level: Just Keep It on an Even Keel
Talky Talk: And They Lived Happily Ever After
Bonus Factors: LGBTQ, Zebulon Pike, 1779-1813, Foster Family
Bromance Status: That New Kid With the Backstory

Read the full book report here.
Chuck R
Mar 16, 2014 Chuck R rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. I'm not one to hope for a sequel, but I hope there's a sequel... I absolutely fell in love with every single character in this novel. Bravo Ms. Parkhurst on crafting such a beautiful story.
Kirsten
Dec 26, 2014 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
I was pretty much hooked on Dusty's story from the first page. I loved that the characters, relationships and emotions felt real and this story has me in tears more than once. Even the adults were three dimensional, which I've found is rare in YA m/m books.
Tess
Jul 15, 2015 Tess rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! It's the story of an incredibly resilient and brave fourteen year-old boy adjusting to no longer having the responsibility for his much younger brother and sister when they are all taken in by their uncle and aunt. There's also a little bit of romance. Recommended!
Sarah
Nov 25, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-male-male
This was a great story. Kept my interest the entire time. Dusty was a fantastic character.
Cheryl
Jan 07, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Review Copy received from author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed for Alpha Book Club by Cheryl.

I was glad to get my hands on this, seeing as it has been on my ‘want to read’ shelf for literally years - it did not disappoint.

At 14, Dusty spends most of his time raising his two younger siblings. Their father lives locally but they never see him and their mother disappears for weeks at a time, only showing up for short periods before taking off again. He has managed to hide the
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Michael Thompson
Nov 23, 2016 Michael Thompson rated it it was amazing
I know! I know! Why am I just now reading this great YA coming of age story? Since this is my favorite genre and I try to read all of these books I can get my hands on.
That's just it, there's been a flood of good books out there and since I've heard great things about this book I knew I would want the paperback to add to my collection. So I waited for the right time to read this one. I kept putting it off and then I find out the sequel , Thanks A Lot, John LeClair, is being released December 15!
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Theodora IK
This book was the first book I put in my tbr shelf on GR. And now I wonder, why didn't I get this one sooner? It's such a great book and it put me through an emotional wringer. At one point, snot was running down my nose (not a pretty picture, I know) and I had to run to my room so nobody saw me blubbering over Dusty. It's not particularly angsty book, but Dusty's struggles to accept that life wouldn't always be difficult hit me hard.

Luckily, it ended quite satisfactorily.

On to the next book..
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Theedger
Jan 16, 2017 Theedger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full of emotion

Dusty just broke my heart so many times. He had to grow up way too fast for a 14 year old boy. Absentee parents and a health scare from his little sister send Dustin & co on a new course.

Well written and a story full of struggles. 4.5 for hot chocolate and hockey.
Ririn
Oct 31, 2016 Ririn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
A short and sweet and adorable and sometimes angsty story about family. In times can be too good to be true, but I love it anyway :) not really feeling the romantic subplot between Emmitt and Dustin (yet), but I like how they're not forced to do the whole coming out theme usually found in YA story line.

I heard there will be a novel from Emmitt's POV so that's kinda cool.
J. Taylor
Such a cute and warming story. The only thing was that the like friendship/romance wasn't as detailed as was the family moments which were the best dont get me wrong but I feel the other was a little rushed because of it.
Nicole
I need to remind myself to post my review here. I already did one for my blog so check it out if I haven't here. I'm worst at posting reviews anywhere else that aren't my blog.
Ashley E
Sep 28, 2016 Ashley E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, contest, m-m, romance
I was sucked into this story quickly, even though it's not normally the first thing I would pick up. Dusty is such a strong teenager, and at the same time, he's an absolute emotional mess--and I can relate to that. Parkhurst does a fantastic job of bringing his situation to life and emotionally involving the reader in Dusty's situation and his journey to becoming a teenager again.

That said, this isn't like most gay YA I've read. It's not about being gay at all, and it's barely mentioned for the
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Dave
Aug 11, 2016 Dave rated it it was ok
Zebulon Pike. The namesake of Pikes Peak. But he never made the summit. This had all the makings of a solid book with a coming of age tale embedded in the plot summary; I felt it was going to be poignant and moving. The main line centers around Dusty, a young teenager essentially raising his two younger siblings, Matt and Julia, because of his deadbeat parents' various reprehensible habits. Julia gets sick, Dusty has to take her to the hospital where, of course, an adult is needed and he asks hi ...more
Eliana
May 12, 2015 Eliana rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, vermont
In terms of LGBTQ representation (or in the case of this book, just the "G"), this book is pretty good. It definitely recognizes that gay characters can be represented in stories where the central plot line is something other than "omg I'm gay this is awful how will people react," and going along with that, I was glad to see that the bad things that happen to Dusty weren't because he was gay, because there are way too many books where all of tragedies are BECAUSE a character is lgbtq, not in add ...more
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Johanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. She spends her days helping teenagers learn to read and write and her evenings writing things she hopes they’ll like to read. She strives to share stories of young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones she shares classrooms with.

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