Gr 6-10 Townsend continues to make outstanding contributions to young adult literature with this story of Alan Dollis' seventeenth year. Depressed by his parents' frequent quarrels, frustrated by his unfulfilled sexual desires, and apprehensive about entering a new school, Alan is listless and unhappy. His father impulsively uses an unexpected financial windfall to purchase a dilapidated boathouse, which Alan restores. He becomes hopelessly infatuated with Vivien, his beautiful 23-year-old German tutor. She resists his advances, but remains his friend and confidante. Alan's world is thrown into total confusion when he discovers that Vivien and his father are having an affair, using the boathouse as their tryst. His mounting anger peaks, when, in a cathartic bonfire, he destroys the boathouse. This plot unfolds in a smooth and believable manner; the slowly rising tension created by the interplay of people and events is developed with particular skill. Characters are portrayed with both strengths and weaknesses; none are used simply to move the plot forward. Resolution is realisticdifferent for each, less than definitive for all. The setting (a river meandering through several English villages) is subtly integrated into the story through short but carefully worded descriptions. The issues raised here are strong fuel for discussions. This fine novel should be a first choice for most libraries. Allen Meyer, Vernon Area Public Lib . District, Prairie View, Ill.