Way to Go

Tom Ryan, April 2012.  It’s the summer of 1994 and Danny’s got problems: his dad works in distant oil fields and comes home only to nag him about college; he’s not sure what he wants to do after high school; and, most importantly, he’s gay and trying to hide it from his two best friends.  But everything changes when he gets a summer job at a restaurant. Danny falls for a girl, of all people – a fun, zany girl from New York who makes mix tapes and seems way too cool for Danny’s small town.  He doesn’t hook up with Lisa, but the restaurant job becomes life-changing nevertheless: he decides he’d like to be a chef, and with the support of his new friends, he’s able to come out of the closet.

This is a typical coming-out, coming-of-age story, but it’s told sweetly, and readers will root for Danny. Recommended especially for fans of Sarah Dessen.

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2 Responses to Way to Go

  1. Doret says:

    You had me at Sarah Dessen and this great cover doesn’t hurt.

  2. Daisy says:

    I know – I’m a child of the nineties myself and I miss the mix-tape era!

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