Stanford Chaparral

“An essential addition to any household. Hank should be required parenting for anyone who is planning to have an adolescent of their own some day.”
—Hank’s Step-Father

“Hank sucks you in right when you meet him and doesn’t let go. He entrances you with eyes as blue as the summer sky and hair as fine and soft as a jaybird’s breast. Before you know it four years have passed and you’re still taking Hank to school, bringing him along to the supermarket, and holding him until four in the morning. You just can’t put Hank down.”
—Hank’s Mom

“Far better than Catcher in The Rye, Hank shows us the tribulations and frustrations of entering adulthood. Many of my students have a difficult time analyzing the metaphors and quotations from J.D. Salinger’s classic, but they know exactly what Hank means when he says, ‘To hell with all of you fakers, I don’t want to stand on the edge of a cliff and catch kids coming through a hay field. I just want to remain in the innocence of childhood forever and never have to grow up to become a superficial and hypocritical faker like you Mr. Antolini.”
—Mr. Antolini, Hank’s Sympathetic English Teacher

“Intricate, confusing, and at times downright contradictory, one should only give Hank a try if they are really ready for a challenge. I have had to start from the beginning three times with Hank, and I still don’t know what’s going on.”
—Hank’s Therapist

“Hank is magical. Sometimes you really wonder where his hands are going, but they move with such smoothness and eloquence that you’re willing to follow them anywhere on their adolescent voyage of self-discovery.”
—Hank’s Girlfriend

“Hank is another triumph of the Montgomery series.”
—Archibald Montgomery, Hank’s Grandfather

“Usually prequels are overrated and just leave you confused, but Hank is an exception. And the twist at the end, it left me breathless.”
—Julio, Hank’s Younger Brother

“Hank certainly has valuable things to say, but he is also difficult to follow. At times I am not sure if his tendency to jump from one unrelated thing to the next is on purpose or if it is merely a result of an untalented mother.”
—Hank’s Neighbor

“I want my Dad to meet Hank, I want my son to meet Hank, heck I want my mailman to meet Hank. That’s how important Hank is.”
—Hank’s Girlfriend

“Hank has spent a record 10 weeks on the wait list, and when you read his transcript it makes sense. He has good extracurriculars but his standardized testing is not so great.”
—Hank’s Admission’s Officer