It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.
Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.
Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.
Nate is acting out like a little kid, not the almost 18 yr old that he is. Ripped away from his home, friends, and even his mother all because his dad had an affair? Right, so why does it feel like he’s the one being punished. Moved to a dyeing oil town, his dad gets a job with the sheriffs dept.
Cody born and raised in what he considers hell. His dad walked out when he was just a kid, his mom barely makes enough to pay the bills in the rundown trailer park where they live. Cody is used to having little food and 2nd hand clothes.
When Nate and Cody meet up during the summer they hit it off, best friends from the beginning. Cody is convinced that Nate is going go leave him once School starts and he meets the others that are in his economic group. Nate thinks that is silly, he is friends with people for their personality not their income. As the months move on their friendship goes up and down. When a tragedy hits it brings things into focus for both.
Nate realizes that nothing is what it seems in his life. As he goes through an emotional meltdown it seems every it getting messed up. Nate and Cody get jumped and beaten up. Over something that has nothing to do with the boys.
A great book that clearly showing the struggle a young man goes through when trying to figure out his sexual preference. It also gives the view from someone who has no self-esteem. The struggle both boys go through is sometimes hard to read about. But so is real life. I absolutely love this book.