Stranded in Harmonyby Barbara Shoup
Lucas Cantrell seems to have everything going for him. He's the captain of the football team; dating a pretty, popular cheerleader; and headed to his first-choice college. But Lucas feels trapped: by the expectations of his coach, who pressures him to inspire the team and lead them to victory after victory; by his father, who expects him to take over the family… See more details below
Lucas Cantrell seems to have everything going for him. He's the captain of the football team; dating a pretty, popular cheerleader; and headed to his first-choice college. But Lucas feels trapped: by the expectations of his coach, who pressures him to inspire the team and lead them to victory after victory; by his father, who expects him to take over the family business; by his girlfriend, who assumes they'll eventually get married. Lucas becomes increasingly dissatisfied with the path he thinks he's doomed to follow and lashes out, alienating nearly everyone. The only person who seems to understand his yearning for a "real," meaningful life is Allie, a woman with a mysterious past who has moved to Harmony. With her help, Lucas is able to envision a life for himself and finds the strength to make his own choices.
Barbara Shoup explores the restlessness and yearning of a high school senior in a small Midwestern town in this honest and thought-provoking novel.
Fully equipped with a loyal buddy, a passionate cheerleader girlfriend, a stable home, an offer of a football scholarship, and a prosperous used-car business to inherit from his father, Lucas looks beyond his senior year and feels the town of Harmony, Indiana, closing in on him. His performance on and off the field slides, and he demonstrates a new talent for rubbing everyone the wrong way. Lucas finds a needed confidante in Allie Bowen, a new resident who shares his taste for '60s music. Offering both a sympathetic ear and hard-earned wisdom as (she eventually confesses) a Vietnam Warera terrorist who did time for murder, she helps him weather a series of crises, from the realization that he no longer wants to play football to his blackly humorous panic attack following a night of unprotected sex. Unlike Rich Wallace's Wrestling Sturbridge (1996), the sports action is downplayed; Lucas focuses less on external events than on his own anger and turmoil, so dramatic tension builds largely on the emotional planeunusual in a teen novel with a male protagonist. Lucas manages to loosen the ties that bind him to Harmony, and is last seen not in rebellion, but comfortably contemplating his many optionsa true '90s ending.
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This is an great book.If you like to read about regular day high school then this is the book for you.
My 12 year old daughter came home from school with this book. She attends a Middle School (5th, 6th, 7th & 8th). She brought it to my attention some of the words in the book. It had a lot of foul language and sexual scenes that I feel young teens do not need to be reading. I read only 9 chapters and that was enough for me. The school said they buy these books on ratings and the age group category that the company has them listed as. To me this book is for 18+ years. I'm not downing your company, but the book should not have been put in a category that 11-15 year olds could read.
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