We are introduced to the central character Sam who we quickly learn has out grown his best friend and is now ready to take a leap and realise his true feelings towards other boys. However Sam's object of affection is also that of countless girls who naturally also inhabit the planet.
Sam is ernest in his pursual of Clay, who we first come to know as a laid back (if he was anymore he would be horizontal) happy go lucky guy who loves getting high and chilling out, but as his character develops one who has his own secrets, desires and inner turmoil.
As the two accompany each other into a spiral of reckless behaviour, drugs and surfing at night!! they forge a bond that becomes all consuming and for Sam the focus of his very existence.
As their relationship develops so does the self-doubt, self-loathing and feelings of despair of both characters, all feelings that teenagers no matter what sexuality go through everyday.
The author has captured the awkward, obsessive and sometimes violent relationship between Sam and Clay wonderfully. To this end I began to have a vested interest that their life together could work out and that they could be individuals who were brave enough to not desperately seek continuous approval or affirmation from their peers to fit in.
We are given a slight glipse into such hope before being ripped away and thrust back into the reality where many hide their true selves away and consequently hurt and push away those they proclaim to love the most.
As a lecturer and an avid reader, not many books have built me up in such a vivid and glorious manner as what the story of `15 yr-old Sam and his love for Clay had done, to the point of breathing a sigh of relief that they may be able to make it where countless dont, but then as I read on with my heart beat racing, am pulled back once again to the harsh reality of just how much love can hurt. Excellent!!!