Raised as a conservative Christian, 15-year old Paul Sutton is about to learn something about the world. His mother decides he needs to "meet the public" and she urges him to get a job at a local Shell gas station in town for the summer. A motley cast of characters will make their way to the gas station one by one and at the ripe old age of 15 Paul is about to discover beer, marijuana, hippies, the popular kids and some questions that reach into his most deeply held beliefs. A great coming of age story.
Ages 12-15 978-0374400224 240 pages
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
From Farrar, Straus and Giroux:
side boyfriend who is headed to Vietnam. All of them come to the station – as well as girls on summer vacation, tanned and smelling of coconut oil, and ministers from Paul’s fundamentalist church, who are worried about his soul. As the summer progresses, Paul learns the secrets of his small Minnesota town and discovers that he’s ready to have a few secrets of his own.
With richly developed characters and a flair for arresting imagery, Will Weaver tells the story of the end of one boy’s innocence, unfolding at a time when the country as a whole is undergoing a difficult, deeply disturbing coming-of-age.