I felt compelled to review this book due to the lack of reviews it has received so far and in the hopes of converting some new readers. I've read it something like four times now, and it is always an absolute joy to read, from cover to cover. I chanced upon the book a few years ago by way of coincidence: one of my favourite musicians of the time (Josh Homme) had sound tracked a film based upon a novel. While browsing Amazon for the soundtrack i stumbled across this book. The film, as it happens, turned out to be decidedly average, despite a top soundtrack. The book on the other hand is fantastic and now happens to be one of my all time favourite reads. It's a moving coming of age novel focusing on the friendship of four rebellious thirteen year old boys attending a Catholic school in 70's Georgia. The age of the four boys makes for a poignant story as it is the age at which, as i think the main character states in the book, "it is still possible to do things for the first time". Through his simple, unpretentious prose Fuhrman manages to render these pinnacle moments of young lives - the first kiss, the first time drunk & stoned, the intense bonds of adolescent friendship with aching beauty and clarity, some how managing the whole time to avoid cliche or nostalgia. By turns sad, funny, surreal and exciting, the book is written with such skill that i often found it practically possible to taste the air. It's tragic that the author died so young and was never able to see his book published.