Darin, Joy, and Jeremy's
friendship has survived Darin's crippling accident, but can it withstand a
summer of love and deception? Darin was a top athlete until a poolside
accident left him in a wheelchair. For the past two years, his girlfriend, Joy,
and best friend, Jeremy, have stood by him even through his most bitter and
abusive moods,. But as Darin becomes increasingly demanding and dependent on
alcohol, Joy and Jeremy turn to each other for friendship and solace.
One night, after dropping off drunken Darin, the two decide to embark on a "platonic" sexual relationship, promising that they will still just remain friends. But as the summer continues, Jeremy is finding it difficult to suppress his feelings for Joy. Matters get more complicated when Joy discovers she is pregnant. A top softball pitcher in Iowa, she is trying to pitch her high school team to the state title, earn a college scholarship, and deal with the needs of Jeremy and Darin. She finally decides to cut all ties to Jeremy, hoping to convince Darin he is the father. Jeremy knows that Joy doesn't love Darin anymore, and he is adamant that all secrets be told. But nothing has prepared him for the truth about Darin's accident and Joy's role in the incident.
Jeremy, Darin and Joy have been inseparable since childhood. When Darin becomes paralyzed, Joy, his girlfriend, and Jeremy give him heart-felt loyalty. The bond between the three weakens when Darin begins drinking and becomes verbally abusive. This impactful novel for mature readers candidly expresses the thoughts and feelings of an unexpected pregnancy and considers the depth of responsibility in friendship.
The sense of season and place is palpable. The characters are nice kids in a tough spot, and having a girl jock as heroine is refreshing. The softball action has the authoritative ring of a fastball popping into a catcher's mitt, and the championship game is a thriller.
This novel should capture
the interest of mature teens. The sports action in the story should
entertain fans of girls' softball.
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