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Children's Literature17-year-old Owen Griffiths feels out of place in the world. He does well in school without liking any of the subjects except math. His father has bought him a car, but he does not want kids at school to define him by what he owns. His father wants him to go to State University, his own alma mater; his mother wants him to go to State because it means he does not have to leave home. Owen has applied to MIT, and has been accepted with a full-tuition scholarship, but he simply cannot talk to his parents about school, so he puts the letter away, and decides not to think about it. Then (of course) he meets Natalie. He is riding the bus home, and she is sitting beside him. His knapsack is soaking wet and is dripping all over her. Instead of apologizing, he begins to joke. Instead of taking offense, she begins to laugh. They begin to talk seriously. She is a musician, and is planning to attend Tanglewood that summer. He tells her about MIT, and she encourages him to go. From there on, their relationship gets interesting. They really are friends, but they are physically attracted to each other. Can their friendship survive? This book is more than a standard coming-of-age novel. Owen analyzes his parents' relationship, and finds it wanting. By the end, we know that both Owen and Natalie will be fine. Highly recommended. 2004 (orig. 1976), Harcourt, Ages 12 up.