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On the first day of school he notices a newcomer, a Métis named Johnny Beck. Johnny, with his tough-guy attitude, smart-ass remarks, and surly good looks, makes an immediate impression. Larry becomes Johnny's sidekick: "He was everything I wasn't. He was bad news but still.." This partnership leads Larry to a number of new and unexpected experiences, including standing by as Johnny dates Juliet Hope-the girl Larry himself loves.
Van Camp penetrates the lives of his characters with compassion and empathy, portraying an adolescent world that-at least in the consciousness of Larry Sole-transcends the fights, drugs, music, and sex that characterize the stereotypical high school experience. Despite their swaggering and false bravado, their pretence at indifference, Larry, Johnny, and Juliet are oddly moving, especially in their relationships with one another. Eva Tihanyi(Books in Canada) -- Books in Canada
I've always been fascinated by Canada's far north and the people who live there, and this book paints what must be an honest picture of what it means to be there. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cathy Olliffe-Webster
This story let me get inside the heart of the one who is "lesser blessed". Sad. I am like Larry.Published 16 months ago by barbara maccrimmon