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VOYAThis novel is written as a blog between two fifteen-year-old boys who have been best friends for ten years. Because it will be their first summer apart, Chuck, who is spending six weeks at a nearby university in a summer arts theater camp, decided that a blog would be the best way to keep in touch. Hal is gay and recently "came out" to Chuck but not to anyone else and is prepared for a dull summer, looking forward to only a driver's ed course and the prospect of getting his license. But then Henri Broussard, the son of a French diplomat, enters his life and Hal's boring summer is suddenly transformed. Both boys are hoping to lose their virginity-Chuck with one of the divas in the musical and Hal with Henri. The voice of each character is distinct and authentic as they share their deepest secrets and the thrilling anticipation of their pending relationships. Sex happens, and Sloan's characters do not couch it in euphemisms. Chuck and Hal chronicle this daily life in their blog, and what emerges is a genuine depiction of how two teenage boys view themselves and those around them. The characters are believable, and the blog enables them to bare their souls to one another. This book is for readers mature enough to handle some very direct, realistic, and often-humorous entries about heterosexuality, homosexuality, masturbation, and alcohol and marijuana use. This title would be ideal for discussion within Gay/Straight Alliance groups. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2006, Simon & Schuster, 240p., Ages 15 to Adult.