"Moreover, when Koertge does choose a place to move the plot forward, the result feels forced, especially after his delicate treatment of the characters' journey through self-discovery and acceptance. (Fiction. YA)"
Three unlikely longtime friends—Elliot, the basketball star whose religious parents don't approve of his friends, Theresa, the photographer who secretly harbors a crush on Elliot, and Larry, the clever film aficionado who's slowly coming to terms with his homosexuality—plot a summer escape in the form of a road trip from their home in small-town Iowa all the way to California.
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