Set against the dazzling backdrop of Hawaii’s Oahu and Kauai islands, Clay’s Way seethes with energy and hormonally charged nihilism. For 15-year-old Sam, a wanna-be punk rocker who writes bad haiku poetry, his middle-class suburban life feels like a prison. Mistaking lust for fate, Sam becomes obsessed with Clay, a 17-year-old surfer, outwardly cool but equally adrift. T
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Sam and Clay are the loser kid and the cool kid, respectively. But they are two versions of the same persona. They're both gay, they both need to behave in a certain way. They are both struggling and they are both tragic figures. That much is obvious.
But even though the premise was interesting, and the endeavour challe ...more
Mastbaum tries to introduce some local dialects which I find c ...more
Growing up on Hawaii's Oahu island, Sam uses his appearance as a rebellion against who he's expected to be. But he has deeper differences irreconcilable with the community in which he lives. And then there's Clay...
Clay's Way is a gay coming-of-age tale focusing on a rebellious sixteen year-old skater who is dealing not just with growing up gay in a predominately straight ...more
I had trouble getting into the second half of the book. It kind of falls apart for me as Sam, who is madly in love with Clay, ends up doing things that, knowingly, would push Clay away. And Clay really goes off ...more
I won't over the story of it, many reviews will tell more about it.
I feel the book took me on a acid trip, sometimes high and sometimes low with no middle point. And you wake up the next morning, confused and with a headache trying to remember if it was a good trip, the one that gives you a happy feeling and warmth, or bad trip, the one who makes you feel depressed and sad, without really being able to answer the question.
I guess my morning memory ...more
Blair Mastbaum was trying very hard to infuse his novel with some meaning. And so I can't tell if the utterly trite metaphors and similes employed are ...more
with out a base for it but just a nature impulse to touch their unknown feelings.
Not a contrived argument or blue prints of their situation. Their curiosity was obvious and you get to relate to these at some levels. There are some harsh part in this books, but not a surprise when it comes from teens' own limited thinking and obscure dilemmas.
This book is odd and some parts just cold. The ...more
In this book we travel to the beautiful islands of Hawaii where gay teenage skateboard rebel sam falls for the hunky and confused surfer, C ...more
There were multiple distracting typos toward the end, which made me feel like someone was on a deadline! I found the writing style interesting, but by the end of the book it got more dramatic and fragmented. The mixing of random thoughts at the beginning was well done but became frantic by the end of the book.
(Rebecca, I think you should read this & we should have a conversation about it!)
This was one of those books were none of the characters is entirely likable. Having said that, the novel may warrant a re-read just to be sure.