New York Times Bestseller
Now a movie starring Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, Hailee Steinfeld, and Asa Butterfield
In a small Vermont town in the late 1980s, restless, marginal Jude spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy. But when Teddy dies of an overdose, Jude's relationship with drugs and his parents devolves to new extremes. Sent to live with his pot-dealing father in the East Village, Jude stumbles upon straight edge, an underground drug-free youth culture powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk.
With Teddy's half brother, Johnny, and their new friend, Eliza, Jude tries to honor Teddy through his militantly clean lifestyle but this, too, has its own dangerous consequences. As these teenagers battle to discover themselves, their parents grapple with their children's radical reinterpretation of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and their grown-up awareness of nature and nurture, brotherhood and loss.
With empathy and masterful skill, Eleanor Henderson has conjured a rich portrait of the struggles that unite and divide generations."