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Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks

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Being the kid abducted by old Ms. Easton when he was four permanently set Cole's status to freak. At seventeen, his exit plan is simple: make it through the last few weeks of high school with his grades up and his head down.

When he pushes through the front door of the school and finds himself eighty kilometers away holding the door of a museum he was just thinking about,
Paperback, 235 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by Bold Strokes Books
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'Nathan Burgoine Hi! Thank you for the question—I'm not sure why Goodreads didn't send it to me, so I apologize for the lateness in replying.

There's no currently plan…more
Hi! Thank you for the question—I'm not sure why Goodreads didn't send it to me, so I apologize for the lateness in replying.

There's no currently plan for a sequel (by which I mean, nothing pitched/scheduled with my publisher) but I do have rough scratch notes for a *potential* sequel that I will pitch if the story coalesces (and Exit Plans does well, of course, which would be the biggest incentive for the publisher to want a sequel).

The working title is 'Top Fives for Unamused Muses,' but as I said, it's nowhere near complete. (And sorry again for the delay in answering!)(less)
Sha It's not a sequel. A lot of the questions I had were answered by the end of the book, though. They come in slowly.

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Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter, Ari and Dante and Simon v the Homo Sapiens Agenda fans
The mind wants to be open, but all the noise and anxiety and pressure keeps it shut...

If you could walk through a door and turn up anywhere in the world, where would you go?

As for me, I would go to the penis museum in Iceland.

Image Source: All That Is Interesting.

Edit: Don't mind me, I'm just adding the vagina museum to my list

I would also love to show up in a bank vault, and considering how broke I am, I may get off with enough money to sink an economy. And I would not regret it. Not one bit
☆ Todd
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ☆ Todd by: Idrissa

Wow, I'd never read a book about teleporters, never even *thought* about that particular trope spin, but I suppose there's a first time for everything. : )

I loved the awkward situations that 17 y.o. high school student Cole kept getting himself into, as he accidentally *poofed* himself all over the place, when he wasn't concentrating quite hard enough on where he wanted the current door he was walking through to take him.

And as the story progressed, hearing more about Cole tapping into his g
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Sci-fi (teleportation!) romance filled with TONS of queer rep- Yes, PLEASE.

I really enjoyed Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks by the very reliable Nathan Burgoine. Nathan instinctively knows how to get the right balance between action, humor, and romance, and he does it so well in this book.

I read Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks in one day (well, one day fused into one night because I stayed up way past my bedtime reading). I just couldn't put it down. I loved the diversity, the excitement, and the *
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
4.25 ❤️

It's best to go on this ride blind, in my opinion. However, I will say, simply put, this journey begins and ends with Cole; he narrates the entire slice of life/coming of age tale, so if you don't like him, you're probably not going to enjoy the book.

I loved him. I really did. He's adorkable with his lists and bullet journal and making up quirky names for people and love for Meeples which, P.S., is there a cuter name for a place? Every time I read the word even, I smiled. Cole is clever a
'Nathan Burgoine
Nov 06, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: glbt, my-writing
Edit: June 6th, 2020: For the duration of the Bold Strokes Books UK Bookathon, select BSB authors who are attending have their titles on sale! That includes me, and my YA, Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks!

This will take you right to 'Exit Plans' on their webstore.

June 2nd, 2019: Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks is on the Prix Aurora Awards ballot for Best Young Adult Novel!

Oh! I was also on the WROTE Podcast, talking quite a bit about how Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks came to be, so if you're in the
Skye Kilaen
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-genre-ya
Fantastic contemporary YA sci-fi with (1) an adorable romance, (2) queer high school kids who are friends with each other instead of being alone with a group of non-queer friends, and (3) an enthusiasm for board and card games. Yay, yay, and yay! I really hope Burgoine writes more YA, even though I also like his adult stuff, because he’s done a great job portraying nerdy teenagers here and I want more of that!
Nathan Frechette
I haven't read a book in a single sitting since before I had kids. I thought parenthood, and the chronic lack of sleep associated with it, had perhaps changed my brain and I just wasn't capable of that kind of binge-reading anymore.
Turns out I was just reading the wrong books. Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks swept me away, and kept me up hours past my bedtime flipping page after page of this wonderful book. I had very high expectations, being both a fan of the author and aware from reading the ba
Lost in a Book
Very enjoyable way to pass time on a road trip.
**** 3.5 stars ****

Very YA, by which I mean you could feel comfortable recommending it to kids. Quirky and upbeat, without any of the dreadful dreary bullying, homophobia, and parental abuse that sometimes seem de rigueur in queer YA fiction.

If I was rating it solely on my reading enjoyment, I'd round down to 3 stars; but when I think of it in terms of its intended audience I want to round up.

For a review with some actual substance to it, see Heather's. And for a review with not only substance
Hey, this was really good...another win for YA.

Loving that free 30 day Scribd subscription!
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, halcyon-days
Book Reaction:
Rating: 3.5 Stars - that place between like and love

I received a copy of Exit Plans For Teenage Freaks from Bold Strokes Books via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a strong novel, combining queer themes with a paranormal element in an interesting and twisty way. Cole is a great narrator, whose personality and confidence grow naturally through the story.

Finding out he can teleport provides Cole with the main tension in the novel, but there are other sub-plots that add layers to this interesting text. I liked the inclusion of the deaf culture as another example of minorities, but felt that Cole's slight change of plans (maybe?) about his future caree
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-e-things, queer, lgbtq, sff
Oh, I loved this. It's so awesome! It's delightful and engaging and it's so thoroughly and happily and authentically queer. I loved how the kid's queerness was absolutely *not* the problem in this book, as it so often is in YA. The problem is that he suddenly starts teleporting uncontrollably. This is a cool story and it's fun and upbeat and real-world diverse and wonderfully nerdy. The writing is so snappy and confident. I loved the Canadian-ness of it all. Cole's dad is deaf and I loved their ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered author: Nathan Burgoine several years ago. I love his Triad Blood series. Also love Of Echoes Burn, Nathan's short story compilation. Is it possible Nathan's new book, Exit for Teenage Freaks is now my favorite book of his? It's rare I read a novel with a MC so clearly realized. Nathan writes Cole so 3-dimensionally, you swear you know him from the moment he speaks. That clarity along with a kick-ass story makes this my favorite YA novels for 2018. Nathan mixes Sci-Fi with budding m ...more
First off, this book lives and breathes on its characters. So many freaking amazing characters. With ALLLLLLLLL the LGBT+ rep it's too stunning (or just stunning enough, you tell me). Our protagonist Cole is gay, and his best friends make up the school's Rainbow Club. Okay 1) can they be my friends because they're really cool (and realistic teens wow) and 2) let me just list the rep for ya since we have: bisexual, asexual, pansexual and lesbian teens living breathing and talking. All over the pl ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

I really enjoyed this! Great representation (including ace and pan rep!!) and loved the story, I just wish the ideas were more fleshed out.
Ulysses Dietz
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks
By ‘Nathan Burgoine
Published by Bold Strokes Books, 2018
Five stars

“The more I did this, the worse it got. Or maybe…maybe it was getting better?”

Wow. I have a new superpower I want.

‘Nathan Burgoine is a Canadian author who offers us a brilliant LGBT YA novel with a Canadian accent, spiced up with a startling paranormal surprise that transforms the comfortable tropes of YA romantic drama into something different and adventurous.

Cole Tozer is a happy gay teen. Well, a
Ije the Devourer of Books
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Cole is facing his last few weeks of high school when he realises he has the ability to teleport. It just happened! One minute he was opening a door at school and the next minute he was at a museum on the edge of town.

And so his adventures begin.

Cole has to survive the last few weeks of school while discovering more about his new powers. He is going to cope with this by making lists and methodically working his way through things but this new and scary abilty is going to u
4.25 stars from me. Got a real all-inclusive, cute as hell vibe from this fact, the least well done part of the story for me was the teleporting aspect.

Cole was an absolutely wonderful young 17 year old, studying hard to possibly be an interpreter for deaf people as he'd grown up signing cause his dad was deaf...I loved his mum and dad. His best friend Alec was always there for him, and they came out to each other...Cole being gay and Alec being ace. Their Rainbow club at school was sma
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Cole's plan for keeping his head down and not get noticed during his last week of HS is thrown for a loop when he starts being able to teleport from one doorway to another.

This story is brimming with wonderful LGBQTIA representation and Cole is a sweet, nerdy, geeky, planner boy that everyone can relate to in his awkwardness. His friends and family are supportive and interesting in their own right. As a coming of age novel it’s quite good and touches on several issues such as career pat
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-themed
Cole, a driven, organized, list maker, one day accidentally teleports into a secret society plot that could endanger the lives he cares most deeply about. What a great idea! I had never read a gay themed YA book with the sort of what if Nightcrawler from the X-Men were gay vibe, and I am so glad this is out there. It’s fun, exciting, fresh, and well written.

And as an aside, edited fantastically by my editor, Jerry Wheeler.

The cover is one of the best of the year!

There are so many great moment
I received an ARC from the reviewer in exchange for a honest review.

Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks is an own voices novel about Cole, a gay teenage boy in his last weeks of high school who discovers that he can teleport. While the whole teleporting plot is the main story line, there is also minor character development, a romance subplot, and plenty of scenes with Cole's friends.

One of the things I liked most about this book was that the characters felt like teenagers. They were awkward, they did
Joyfully Jay
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jovan
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Burgoine does an excellent job crafting relatable, lovable, and believable YA characters and high school experiences. Cole is confident and self-assured in his goals, while also being reasonably insecure without coming across as neurotic as a Woody Allen character trapped in the body of a teenage boy; smart without being an annoyingly worldly sage that reads Kierkegaard for fun and quotes Aristotle to his friends; and an unapologetic nerd who isn’t a checklist of
Warnings: discussion of homophobia, bullying, torture, kidnapping

Things I loved about this book:
◙ Superpower fantasy in which a boy finds out he can teleport through doors
◙ Reminded me a bit of the movie Jumper
◙ Super awkward jumps and Cole's practice having a realistic curve
◙ Cute romance with a coming out arc for the love interest
◙ Diverse set of secondary characters
◙ Awesome parents who are supportive; but there is also acknowledgement of how curfew affects his story
◙ Throws in a bit of a c
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amazingly cute
Roger Hyttinen
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Story

Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks follows a 17-year-old gay high school boy named Cole who, after pushing open the front door to his high school, suddenly finds himself many miles away at the museum that he was thinking about. When he’s finally able to gather his thoughts, he can come to no other conclusion other than that he somehow had just teleported from his high school to the museum. His suspicion is confirmed when it happens again though this time he’s placed in a much more precario
Terri Jones
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was going to take my time with this ARC, since I had 13 days before it's released. Why rush through it? Ha-ha. Best-laid plans, right?

I started reading, stopped halfway through, watching the confetti of that plan flutter down before sleep, and finished it today. Fantastic.

It wasn't perfect for me (I quibble with the trouble Cole has over his first abduction), but that's easy to ignore in light of the terrific cast of characters and the increasingly troubling events Cole faces. And the ending
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coa-ya-na, contemporary, sff, q
I adored this book to pieces! I love Burgoine's writing so much, and how he manages to draw me in and *grab* me within the first couple of pages.

The premise had me hooked immediately, but the wonderful cast of characters kept me turning the pages long after my bedtime. I loved the casual queer rep, the MC and his fantastic brain and his lists made my days so much.

The romantic subplot was cute and sweet, the mystery and action not overbearing, but engaging and the solution was *awesome*. I'm kind
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley2018
If you got tired of LGBT books about coming out... Okay, I'll resist the pun and just say this one isn't about that.


Many years ago, Cole was abducted for a whole afternoon, even though he can't remember how that happened. Now he's again in different place, except he hasn't lost time and it's only been seconds since he left school. It seems that lately every time he walks through a door, he ends up somewhere different, and now strange people started appear in the places he goes.

I liked the ch
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This book could not have come at a better time in my life. I am the same age as the characters, going through similar struggles as a high school senior. I read it during a three day camping trip and it was my best friend on quiet afternoons on the beach.

Cole is a high school senior in a town just outside of Ottawa, Canada. He is sure of his sexuality, knows where he belongs, and has his future planned out. He isn't your typical YA protag
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'Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was "Heart" in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. Since then, he has had dozens of short stories published, including in This is How You Die (the second Machine of Death anthology), and has released his first collection, Of Echoes Born (Bold Stro ...more

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