Gap Life


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$24.99  $23.24
St. Martins Press-3PL
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5.7 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

John Coy is the author of numerous books, including For Extreme Sports-Crazy Boys Only, the young adult novels Crackback and Box Out, and the 4 for 4 middle-grade sports quartet that includes Top of the Order and Eyes on the Prize. He lives in Minneapolis, and travels around the world visiting classrooms.


Highly recommended. This is a wonderful story that captivates you from the very beginning.--School Library Connection, starred review

Teens who don't know what they want to do with their lives will relate well to the protagonist of this fast-paced realistic novel. Cray Franklin is a 17-year-old high school graduate whose parents have mapped out his life--attend St. Luke's College and become a doctor. Those ambitions do not coincide with Cray's own. He doesn't know what he wants to be or what he wants to do after graduation. Enter Rayne, a wise, worldly fellow high school graduate who helps Cray get a job at a group home for adults with disabilities. ...Cray's ways of dealing with the conflicts among his parents, sibling, friends, employer, and love interest are painfully authentic. The author ... provides opportunities for discussion questions that elicit greater reflection about how Cray's obstacles might mirror students' own challenges. --School Library Journal

There comes a time in virtually every young adult's life when the decision is made to step away from one's parents to become independent. For Cray Franklin, that decision comes on the heels of high school graduation as he sidesteps the path his parents have set for him--namely a premed track at the all-male Catholic college his father and grandfather attended--and begins a tumultuous journey into adulthood. Along the way, he meets and falls for free-spirited Rayne, who embodies the freedom he's searching for, but who already has a boyfriend. With just a touch of romance, Coy's narrative focuses on Cray's thoughts and feelings as he takes a job in a group home, working with adults with developmental disabilities. ... Coy captures the uncomfortable and even cringe-inducing actions and decisions of a teen trying to find his way, while also creating thoughtful parallels between Cray's journey toward independence and the lives of four residents in the group home.--Publishers Weekly

Coy's well-written novel movingly explores the difference between freedom and security, and the capacity each individual has to grow. Teens contemplating their next steps after high school will appreciate Coy's sensitive story.--Booklist