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Way to Go

By Tom Ryan (Orca)

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It's the summer of 1994, and Danny's friends have a mission to get him laid before he starts grade twelve in the fall. Danny however, is just not that into girls. Determined to prove once and for all that he is not gay, Danny hopes his new coworker Lisa, visiting for the summer from New York City, will finally be the girl to "set him straight." While he and Lisa have a lot of fun together, Danny just doesn't---can't---see her that way. When his friends refuse to let up, life-long friendships are strained, some will not fully recover. Set in small town Cape Breton, Way to Go is a serious look at the loneliness and isolation encountered while growing up gay, but manages to stay light-hearted, with characters that make mistakes yet refuse to wallow in their troubles. A heartwarming read for young adults.

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