This is the Part
Where You Laugh
This is the Part Where You Laugh
a young adult novel
Travis never gives up.
Not when his mom takes off.
Not when he gets suspended from basketball.
Not when he cracks four ribs jumping off a bridge to impress a girl.
Not when he and his best friend Creature get into trouble deeper than they know how to handle.
Good + Bad
“A memorable story of good kids transcending rough lives…. What might seem didactic in lesser hands feels realistic and right here. Messages are delivered in natural dialogue, the well-drawn characters speaking from the heart with wisdom derived from firsthand experience.”
“So real it hurts. Hoffmeister explores the depths of family and addiction, friendship and first love with the skill of a writer who knows his way around—and I was happy to follow. This story will stick with you.”
— David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite
“A unique, unforgettable tale that is a must-have for all YA collections.”
— School Library Journal, SLJ Popular Pick
“A powerful story… Hoffmeister has done a wonderful job of allowing the reader to get into the head of a young man whose world seems to be crashing down around him.”