A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows what high school is like through the eyes of one funny, alienated teen boy.
Teenage sex, parental infidelity, a teenager's affair with a teacher
Positive Role Models
Jeff DeMouy is a sympathetic guidance counselor willing to give Steve another chance to earn the English credit he needs in order to graduate.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
One graphic scene of heavy petting and one extremely explicit sex scene.
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Frequent and extreme.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Steve and his friends do a lot of recreational underage drinking; later, he is a heavy pot smoker.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the book presents Steve's pot-smoking as self-destructive and portrays his heavy underage drinking as a high school norm. The writing-assignment structure isn't very original, but the antics of the G.O.D. group and the treatment of timeless adolescent issues give this its freshness and power. But even for young teens this has some pretty raw scenes.
Is It Any Good?
Part The Breakfast Club, part Animal House, this funny how-I-survived-high-school novel reveals tender truths between hilarious one-liners. On the surface, nothing that happens in Steve York's life is terribly credible, starting with the fact that his father was "the third or fourth man to walk on the moon." Supposedly a group of artistic, hip nonconformists, Steve's high school club, G.O.D., includes the requisite jock, the editor of the school paper, the lead in the school play, and the best-looking boy in school.
Yet the central relationships in Steve's life -- with Doug, the founder of G.O.D.; with Dub, his first love, who relieves him of his virginity and breaks his heart; and with his father, "the astronaut" -- all change in believable ways. Friendships mature; first love often isn't forever; and parents don't fit into tidy pigeonholes. However over the top the plot may seem, Rob Thomas' original language makes it seem real.
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