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Exit Here. by Jason Myers
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Feb 16, 2011

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Sex, drugs, and rock and roll—a few of the cornerstones of realistic young adult literature. Now throw in a good portion of porn, rape, murder and a cast of callus, delinquent (even criminal) characters that have no respect for themselves or others—yes, we are still talking about young adult fiction. All of these, and more, can be found in "Exit Here" (2007), by Jason Myers.

So what could possibly be the value of having a book like Exit Here on the young adult classroom or library shelf?

Myers tackles some of the traditional themes of the young adult novel: searching for self, redemption, learning right vs. wrong, the price of knowledge, and taking responsibility for ones actions. "Exit Here" is overly sensational, gritty, and probably would be improved by being whittled down by about 100 pages. But the scary, drugged-up, dangerous world that Myers creates is by default, sensational. The reader is lured into this scary world with the hope that something good will happen; that these characters will realize that tweaking on cocaine, date rape, violence and generally hating life has got to come to an end eventually, even if it comes at a costly price. Fortunately there are a few bright spots at the end of "Exit Here" but like in life, there is not always a happy ending for everyone. Isn’t that a good lesson, too?

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02/16/2011 page 45
10.0% "I am begrudgingly going to give Myers a bit of credit, so far anyway..."
02/16/2011 page 215
46.0% "I am enjoying this... surprised!"

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