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As Far As You'll Take Me

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As Far As You'll Take Me

The author of The Gravity of Us crafts another heartfelt coming-of-age story about finding the people who become your home—perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli.


Marty arrives in London with nothing but his oboe and some savings from his summer job, but he's excited to start his new life—where he's no longer the closeted, shy kid who slips under the radar and is free to explore his sexuality without his parents' disapproval.

From the outside, Marty's life looks like a perfect fantasy: in the span of a few weeks, he's made new friends, he's getting closer with his first ever boyfriend, and he's even traveling around Europe. But Marty knows he can't keep up the façade. He hasn't spoken to his parents since he arrived, he's tearing through his meager savings, his homesickness and anxiety are getting worse and worse, and he hasn't even come close to landing the job of his dreams. Will Marty be able to find a place that feels like home?

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As Far As You'll Take Me is a beautiful tribute to every queer kid who's ever had to leave their home in order to find one.”

Leah Johnson, Author of You Should See Me in a Crown

“Brilliant, vital, and best of all: brave. As Far As You'll Take Me swells with big-hearted emotion, bold dynamics, and genuine wit. A truly masterful composition that I will be thinking about long after the final notes fade.”

Ryan La Sala

“Phil Stamper has written a heartfelt, triumphant novel about the courage it takes to step out of your comfort zone and the power in finding a family of friends who let you shine. Beautifully evoking the breathlessness of first love and the anguish of first loss, readers will be captivated by every swell in Marty's song.”

Maulik Pancholy, Stonewall Honor-winning author of The Best at It


About the author

Phil Stamper is the author of The Gravity of Us. He grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt. He works for a major book publisher in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog.


“Just as music can transport us to another place, this story transported me to London with Marty on his journey and all the hope, passion, worry, and joy found there. It's such a beautiful coming of age story and Phil Stamper writes in such a way that my heart ached when Marty's did, soared when he was soaring, and was filled with hope as he found his hope! I loved seeing Marty evolve into who he dreamed he could be as he found first love, friendship, and family all while playing his oboe. This story will stick with me and I hope it does the same for you!”

Meghan Vanderlee, Schuler Books

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