A collection of clear-eyed stories that are full of promise. In ""Pillow Talk,"" Lise's father is on his third wife but she is on her first boyfriend--or is Mathias something more or less than that? An intoxicating trip to Paris opens Wes's eyes to the human depths of his lesbian parents in ""Lezboy."" The powerful novella, ""Locker-Room Talk,"" is a disturbing look at the act of sexual harassment from the boys' perspective: Mary Fortunato, called Fat-U-Know, has enormous breasts, and the teasing, foul comments of two classmates escalate into a nasty practical joke that ends in tragedies large and small. Reality definitely bites here--it's sickening how little the boys understand their actions or the consequences. All the stories are written in the first person; each teenager is engaging in a dialogue and love affair with an emerging self. They and their families are wrestling with the rest of life as well as adolescence, in stories that hone in on a moment in time and map from it a future of myriad possibilities.