Lawnboy is a beautifully realised, erotic and at times wonderfully sexy read from first time author Paul Lisicky. The characterisations are spot on and the story of a young gay guy's emotional and spiritual growth is quite riveting. This is a remarkably bittersweet tale which effectively portrays the "topographical" emotional growth of Evan a seventeen year old "gay everyman" Lisicky sets his novel against the decaying suburban world of South Florida and uses this to symbolically portray the ever existing dysfunctionalilties that can exist in contemporary families. Evan nurtures a private world which is full of sexual and emotional longing and Lisicky effectively juxtaposes this with the indiscriminate ugliness of the landscapes he walks in. Adolescent confusion, the first gay sexual passion, sexuality in the age of AIDS, sibling and parental relationships and the transience of everyday life are all addressed with startling alacrity in this book. There is a genuine compassion evident in Evan's journey through adolescence - witness his first relationship with the older and world weary Willam and its subsequent disintegraton. There is compassion evident in his strained relationship with his overbearing father, ineffectual mother and his sexually ambivalent brother. The passion is evident in his affair with Hector, the sexy urbanite. This leads to ultimate fulfillment in the arms of the affable and altuistic Perry. This is an incedibly naturalistic and gritty piece of work and Lisicky never "sugar coats" or compromises Evan's circumstances and his desperation to be loved. Evan moves on in life and at the end of the novel we hopefully see him grow up. Lawnboy is a wonderful examination of the growth of the young gay male psyche and this is something that I think people whether gay or straight can at some point in their lives relate to.