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By C. D. Payne

Nick Twisp, a gloomy and precocious fourteen-year-old, struggles with the issues of latest kids, together with highschool, divorced mom and dad, paranoia, his virginity, homelessness, and the attentions of a tender woman. journey.

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I got the message. I took my sunglasses, zit salve, sun block, beach towel, and Atlas Shrugged. This book weighs about ve pounds and should come with a fold-out handle and wheels. I lugged it along in hopes it might impress any literary chicks I met on the beach. I circled through the trailer park on the way toward the water. Most of the trailers were old and looked like they had retired from the call of the open road. A few trailerites were about—mostly old folks in their 30s and 40s. No kids my age, unless they were all at the beach.

Seeded baguettes in one direction, barbecue in the other— it’s a short trip either way. Because of the heat, the library smelled even worse than usual. I wish some wealthy philanthropist would endow a foundation to distribute Right Guard to the homeless. In the library bathroom a bookish-looking gentleman about 30 glanced at my sunglasses and asked me if I wanted to go out for co ee. I said no, I was too young for dating. He seemed disappointed. I’m glad that in spite of my zits and incipient baldness at least one person in this world finds me attractive.

On the wall above the tiny, girlish bed was a poster of Jean-Paul Belmondo holding a revolver in a sexually suggestive manner. ” Sheeni asked eagerly, sitting on the bed. “Yes,” I lied, hunched over under the low ceiling like a nervous teenaged Quasimodo. “It’s my favorite lm,” she announced. ” I tried to think of a suitably highbrow movie. “Tokyo Story,” I said. ” “Tokyo Story,” said Sheeni. “A great lm. ” I may be completely out of my league. Sheeni jumped up, checked her face in the tiny dresser mirror (it was still beautiful), and led me downstairs.

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