When Joey’s world collides with the gorgeous Gloria, the boy who likes to stand at a distance and watch, is forced to participate in his own life for the first time. While Joey tries to negotiate the intricacies of first love, he’s surrounded by a smothering mother, neighborhood boys with their own code of sexuality, and a father with a secret that will stun the family and force Joey to make the first grown-up decision of his life.
This is a heartfelt coming of age story, a tale of love and loss set in the breezy, warm air of 1960’s San Diego. It takes you back to a simpler era, and pulls on your heartstrings as you journey with a young man who’s adrift in an unfamiliar sea of emotions and desperately looking for land.
“Told from an adult perspective, the voice that Galyean gives Joey is at once romantic, nostalgic, self-effacing, and angry. The fairly adult subject matter is at times frank and disturbing, but the world the author creates for Joey is always rich with emotion and detail.” –Kirkus Reviews