A turgid observation of pubescent male angst translated from Icelandic by the former Sugercubes guitarist.
"My childhood has faded like a bright summer day....Before me is the black forest of my grown-up years...a thick undergrowth that I have to fight through to move onward....Is this being a grown-up? Or is this just being thirteen?" Josh Stephenson is a boy on the cusp of manhood, and his worries are many. Will his distant father's new baby replace Josh? What will happen if his single, working mom finds out that he's been ditching school? How often can he sneak peeks at his 17-year-old cousin Trudy in the bathtub before getting caught? And most importantly, how does he keep the class bully from noticing his impressive new patch of pubic hair in the gym showers? This leisurely paced meditation, full of phrases like, "I'm both the creator and the created; I'm both the matter and the spirit, a fish in the sky and a bird in the ocean," might be better appreciated by former adolescents than by current ones.
Nevertheless, while Josh's long-winded philosophical musings are often ponderous, the chapters that chronicle his lust, loneliness and longing are sure to resonate with teens dealing with these universal adolescent issues. (Fiction. 12 & up)