TRUE OR F A L S E ?
It’s only a week into summer break and already seventeen-year-old Gates has . . .
a) Hustled millionaires on the golf course
b) Tried to stop his mother from having a(nother) nervous breakdown
c) Promised to lose his virginity with his girlfriend, Mel . . . which would be great if he hadn’t already lost it to his forty-year-old godmother
d) Almost kil...more
First Sentence: I wish I could say I was a victim but I willingly played into the devil's hands.
Gates is a self-described sexual deviant, 17 years old, working as a caddy at a country club. His mother had a nervous breakdown two years ago, and he was molested by his godmother Alicia, a child psychologist and his mom's best friend. Since they still live with Alicia, the molestation continues, and it's causing Gates pro ...more
This was so vastly different from most young adult books that I read — you can just tell from the synopsis. I mean, the book starts with Gates's godmother walking around his house naked just so she can have sex with him. He's a sympathetic kid, and it's clear that he means well, but he can't help himself and falls prey to her multiple times through the novel. And if that wasn't bad enough, his mother should clearly not have ...more
I'm fairly certain that in Alicia I found my most hated character of 2011. Even as I'm writing this review I'm still thinking about how horrible she is! ...more
Gates, a seventeen year old from Colorado, has gone through a lot this summer. He has a deal with the owner of the golf club he is a caddy at: win lots a money off of millionaires in golf and he can play on the course. He also has been having sex with his 40 year old godmother even though he said he was going to lose his virginity to his girlfriend Mel. He loves his girlfriend and only his girlfriend but he can't sleep with her while hiding all ...more
This was a fun book to read with quite a few laughs and definitely some groans thrown in. Gates isn't a bad kid by any means, he just doesn't always think with his brain. (Of course that describes how many 17 year old males?)
The characters that populate this book are very well written. Many of them come across as people that we might have in our own lives. Gates is a very sympathetic kid as he really does have a great heart. He ...more
I was laughing out loud as I started the book - only 5 pages in, which is always a good sign. I LOVE a good narrator and Gates is AWESOME! You can't help but LOOVE this kid, but his life is SO F'd UP that it actually made me cry. In my ...more
This book has everything to m ...more
I really just thought this book was okay. My biggest reason for that is just that I couldn't get into the story at all. The story made me uncomfortable, and that could have been a good thing considering the subject matter. However, I think a lot of those feeli ...more
But I was so wrong. Yeah a teenager would love this book. But so would a fifty year old woman.
The characters are well developed and interesting no one is boring is this book.
But lots of people are just so wrong.
Gates has a major crises in is life and no one to help him.
I am sure lots of us have felt that way at one time or another.
Gates has lots of people in his life and no one to understand his problem. He attempts a few tim ...more
The book is not heavy with context and background. It's vivid; giving you only what you need to move forward, which is refreshing compared to the dense things I've read lately.