Last Exit To Montauk

May 2, 2017
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Workshopped with Lawrence Kelter
Edited by Janet Fix
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The Rundown

While out grocery shopping with his wife in Whole Foods, a middle-aged, male, Floridian spots a young look-alike of his high school sweetheart. He is unable to sleep that evening and recalls the summer before his senior year, where he first fell in love with B. Their whirlwind romance took place in the1980s on Long Island, a suburb of New York City.

The main character’s name is never mentioned. The story is written in first person and B just calls him ‘Mister’.

High school senior, ‘Mister’, is drawn to pretty blonde classmate, B, one day, as he watches her smelling fruit in a grocery store. He’s seen her at his private prep school, but they don’t really know each other well. He decides to speak to her while in the grocery store, and to his surprise, she asks him if he’d like to play tennis with her. Right then. He says yes, she wins the game and he has to treat her to pizza since the loser has to pay for a meal.

Their unexpected friendship blossoms. He is totally into her, but is B into him? His best friends, Hannah and Jean Paul, twins, are shocked and a bit uneasy about B at first, but soon they are all hanging out at his pool, going to Friendly’s for ice cream, and heading out to the beach during the summer between junior and senior year.

‘Mister’ is surprised when he runs into B, and she is hanging out with Mary, a rich, snooty drug user. The problem is, Mary’s brother, Kyle, used to date B. Kyle doesn’t seem to be over B and can’t believe she is dating a ‘Spic’ or Hispanic, like ‘Mister’. Kyle has it out for him now. Will ‘Mister’ have to confront Kyle? Will B confront him or just push Kyles consistenf flirting under the rug? Will this young first love survive or will it be doomed because of Kyle and his past romance with B?

The story is written in a strong voice that exudes wit and playfulness, in keeping with a seventeen-year-old narrator that is coming of age and experiencing his first love.


The Recommendation

LAST EXIT TO MONTAUK delivers a roller-coaster of a ride with some surprises. A Romantic-Comedy with some touching, heart-felt, thought-provoking and heart-breaking, yet relatable, moments.

The story is extremely well-written, full of humor, heart, and a vulnerability that pulls the reader in from the very first page. Words that describe the story would be: Poignant. Deep. Moving. Heart-felt. Funny. Universal.

Fans of John Green, Nick Hornby and romantic coming of age stories, will enjoy this look at the joys and pitfalls of first love.


The Rating Selected as a Top Pick!

Top Pick! 5 Stars (out of five): Freaking amazing. Any agent or publishing house that passed this one up made a big mistake. It was selected by our reviewer as a personal favorite. This is also a nomination for our Novel of the Year award.

The Reviewer

Last Exit To Montauk

When he approaches her at the market, he has no idea the next three weeks of his life would change him forever.

It’s the late 1980’s, summertime, on the North Shore of Long Island. The air stirs with possibilities as it often does during this time of year. And so begins the romance between one Hispanic seventeen-year-old male, on the verge of manhood and ready to conquer the world, and one beautiful and intelligent young woman named B.

It is much more than romance, though. B will forever become a part of this young man’s soul. He will never forget her.

This is a coming-of-age story, a love story, replete with milestones, tangled emotions, and adventures that are the embodiments of first love. Not just for the young, but for the young at heart.

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Author’s Summary

When he approaches her at the market, he has no idea the next three weeks of his life would change him forever.

It’s the late 1980’s, summertime, on the North Shore of Long Island. The air stirs with possibilities as it often does during this time of year. And so begins the romance between one Hispanic seventeen-year-old male, on the verge of manhood and ready to conquer the world, and one beautiful and intelligent young woman named B.

It is much more than romance, though. B will forever become a part of this young man’s soul. He will never forget her.

This is a coming-of-age story, a love story, replete with milestones, tangled emotions, and adventures that are the embodiments of first love. Not just for the young, but for the young at heart.

Short Description

Love the eighties? Love romantic adventures? How often have you looked back on your high school experiences and just thought . . . WOW. Last Exit to Montauk will take you there . . . and more.

Catchphrase

Young souls experience new love, intimacy, tragedy

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Awards and Notable Endorsements


Pitch Perfect Award Winner

– posted by Phillip Vega    

Community Endorsements


“A romance that begins in the heat of a Long Island summer bares two young souls to new love, intimacy, and tragedy. Highly recommended!”
– Lawrence Kelter, bestselling author of BACK TO BROOKLYN, the sequel to My Cousin Vinny

“Raw, real, and packed with heartfelt emotion, Last Exit to Montauk is a sentimental love story of a whirlwind romance that stands the test of time, spinning the perfect tale of the challenges and awkwardness of love at first sight. One minute you’ll laugh, the next you’ll reach for a tissue. Full of twists and turns, the unforeseen twist at the end wrenches your heart, leaving you breathless, and reminding us all just how precious life truly is. We all have but one life. The magic is found in living it.”
– Cheryl Bradshaw, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sloane Monroe mysteries

“Vega’s account of first love is so authentic it’s hard to believe he wasn’t seventeen when he wrote it. Last Exit to Montauk will have you reminiscing about summers as a teenager and all the foibles and joys of those times. With references to the 1980s that ground you and an ending that doesn’t pull any emotional punches, this books keeps you turning the pages.”
– Elena Stowell, author of Flowing with the Go and co-founder of the Carly Stowell Foundation (www.carlystowellfoundation.countmein.com)

“I loved the book and cried at the end. It was a wonderful heartwarming tale of an adolescent boy and his heart. I loved the characters and could relate, as I am a fellow Long Islander. The references to the 1980s are great.”
– Nancy O’Hara, early reviewer

“It brought back some great memories of high school. I felt very ‘seventeen,’ which was a fun way to feel during the week of my fiftieth birthday. I can’t even guess how many times I literally laughed out loud. I was expecting a great book and was definitely not disappointed.”
– Karen Nelson, early reviewer

“I loved the ’80s memories of Friendly’s fribbles, Spencer’s Gifts, the music, movies, etc. I have lots of family in Long Island and grew up going there all my life, and I feel like he nailed the Long Island ’80s vibe of malls and beach days. The book has great nostalgia for me, especially given the world we live in today with constant social media and everyone on their phones. It was a great escape!”
– Danielle Boniauto, early reviewer (less)

– posted by Phillip Vega    

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