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The one thing that Eric Fitzpatrick wants is to escape--both from his family and the racially tense town in which he lives. The only son of an Italian-Irish family in a working class suburb of boston, he intends to go away to college and leave his old life far bhind. But all his plans are set askew when he meets Brooks, a mysterious, wealthy, black student at a local prep ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin
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When I had read this novel quite a few years ago, it's still becomes fresh in my mind. It had become one of my favourite coming-of-age stories. I couldn't put the novel down at times and ended up losing a bit of sleep over it.

Two teenage boys: Eric Fitzpatrick - an Italian-Irish teen from a working-class family in Boston. And Brooks - a wealthy, black student at a local prep school. Living different lifestyles all of a sudden meet and things change for them and their emotions for each other, esp
This coming of age tale focusses on 17-years-old sensible working class Eric Fitzpatrick who works hard at school and spends nights working at a sandwich bar as part of his plan to move away to college. Racial divisions and tensions are high in his local community post the rape and murder of a local white girl. Eric knows he’s gay but hasn’t acted on his sexual desires – mainly because the lack of opportunity to date. In the meantime, he plays it straight and hangs out with his closest friends a ...more
It's been a while since I read this book, but I just remember how much I loved reading it. Eric was so easy to relate to and Brooks was a mystery, but an intriguing one. While both of them were far more in their heads than most high schoolers I know, they were believable. A great coming-out story that also addresses issues of race and class. A very enjoyable read.
One of my favourite books. It left a deep impression me and I related to Eric as he struggled to come up and come out in an intolerant, racially tense environment. Brooks is one of those characters that feels like no one you know yet some one you would like to invite to a dinner party.

I defintely intend to purchase a copy of this book for my shelf.
I'm enthralled. This is a former HS classmate of mine. It's interesting to read the subtext. And he really hated all of us!
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