Since his parents' divorce, John's mother hasn't touched him, her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It's no wonder John writes 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. Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John realizes just how hard love can be.
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SparklePonies - LibraryThing
I couldn't wait for this book's ending, though I didn't want the story to end. It seemed when the story was over that John and Marisol would finally be free. Teen zone writers explore the meanings and ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - aleon - LibraryThing
John Galardi (Giovanni, or Gio for short) is a little less than normal boy who has never really had friends. He’s never really liked girls, even going as far to think that he may be gay. Brian, his ... Read full review
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