"By turns awkwardly preachy, humorous and poetic—something like early adolescence itself, with perseverance and angst, artifice and sincerity running side by side. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Lee McGillicuddy longs to make his mark on the world and set a record for mastery of something—anything: "[T]he thought of being ordinary seemed like the worst life sentence in the world."
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