Nick's world shifts beneath him as he faces the return of one much-changed old friend and the departure of another--the girl he's falling in love with. Nick's inflamed, pitted complexion makes him think of himself as ""the boy in the moon."" Uncomfortable with most girls since he assumes they are seeking Prince Charming types, he loves his two best friends, Frieda and Kevin. But the dynamics of this threesome shift when Kevin returns from a summer with his mother on the West Coast: suddenly, his hair is perfect, his clothes divine, his attitude around girls smooth and confident. Nick is impressed, but changes always worry him. Also, Frieda will soon be at Stanford, and Kevin--increasingly unhappy with his father--seems headed for permanent residence in L.A. Only when Frieda and Nick admit their more than-platonic interest in each other does Nick learn that this time most of the changes are for the good. Koertge achieves more subtle comedy here than in his earlier books. Informed by a quieter, more sophisticated wit--and romantic to the hilt--his newest is comprised of brief, telling episodes culminating in a realistic ending. These teens--even newly suave Kevin--handle themselves with a nice, wry dignity.