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Exit Strategy by Ryan Potter
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Harrumph. My review vanished into thin air. Here's the shorter version:

Exit Strategy is a somewhat frustrating and uneven read about a teenager working on his exit plan out of his hometown. That part is believable enough. Potter is good at capturing the feeling that your hometown will only bring you down and you have to save yourself and get out--something I think most teenagers feel.

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The unevenness comes in stilted and unbelievable dialogue (Zach in particular often sounds like a scolding adult) and crazy relationships. Zach both respects and hates Big Dale--and the reason for the hate isn't really clear (until concerns are raised that Dale may be hitting his son, Tank, Zach's best friend) and Zach has a similar relationship with his boss, Huey. The negative thoughts and behaviors towards Huey seem to come out of nowhere, without context. And the big steroid controversy never really plays out in any dramatic fashion. There is one scene of confrontation near the end, but then it just sort of fizzles, even in the final pages.

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