With keen insight into teenage life, Ellen Wittlinger delivers a story of adolescence that is fierce and funny -- and ultimately transforming -- even as it explores the pain of growing up. Since his parents divorce, Johns mother hasnt touched him, her new fiancÃ wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. Its no wonder John writ's articles like """"Interview with the Stepfather"""" and """"Memoirs from Hell."""" The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a self-proclaimed """"Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian."""" Haning around the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born. While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfuntional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom leaves that friendship in ruins.
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June 01, 2004
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