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Publisher's Summary

"....there are times where they probably will punish you for asking. But that only means that you're having an effect on the system."
—Harlan Sexton

Harlan is about a suicidal, death-obsessed teenager by the name of Harlan Sexton. Turning himself into a ticking bomb, he has decided to kill himself at the end of the school year unless his closest friend, Julian, can find a way to change his mind. And that's just the beginning - the tension is amped up by the return of his abusive redneck father, a town serial killer stalking his female classmates, and an all-out violent war between Harlan and a jock bully from school. If John Hughes had directed a movie inspired by the Columbine tragedy, it would be like this book.

©2002 David Whitman (P)2011 David N. Wilson

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What did you like best about Harlan? What did you like least?

The reader was very good. The story was nice just a little too juvenile for my taste. It would be a great read for a teenager.

What was most disappointing about David Whitman’s story?

It really went nowhere. From the synopsis I thought there would be a lot of tension and conflict, but even the serial killer aspect of the plot left me flat. Really, just nothing happened. It continued exactly as it opened - the diary ramblings of a depressed angst-ridden teenage boy.

Which character – as performed by Tim Campbell – was your favorite?

Harlan. Tim Campbell has a great voice. If it were not for him I probably would have stopped listening after chapter 5.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. Maybe when I was 16.

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  • Terrance
  • Woodinville, WA, United States
  • 02-12-12

I was surprised that I enjoyed this story so much

I did not expect that listening to a story about a suicidal teen could be so compelling. The character grew on me as the story unfolded. The narration was very fine. A well told story.