It’s 1979 and fifteen-year-old Ronny and his pals are all virgins. In fact, they’ve rarely spoken to real, live females. That all changes when Mary Ellen comes to town. Ronny and his friends, six-fingered Melv and mutton-chopped Butch, are charmed by the Texas girl who is staying with her aunt for the summer. Mary Ellen, a year older than the boys, is beautiful and confident—two things the boys are not—and seemingly out of their league. She befriends the trio who find themselves tumbling over each other for her affections, all the while doing what they do best: fishing for lunkers, catching frogs, evading the cops, and jamming to seventies rock anthems. Ronny appears to be winning the race, and falls the hardest for Mary Ellen. Their relationship blossoms as the summer progresses, but Ronny begins to suspect everything is not as it seems. His suspicions are confirmed the day after Mary Ellen leaves town when Ronny learns of a gut-wrenching deception. And later, he’ll discover an even greater surprise.
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Pecker Tracks by R.S. Dees is a coming of age story. It's 1979 in Fort Peck; Ronnie is 15 and is still a virgin, as are all his friends. Then Mary Ellen arrives to stay with her aunt and all the boys are smitten with her. Sixteen-year-old Mary is confident and pretty and looks to be above them in all ways. However, she makes friends with the boys who all fight for her attention while doing what they all do best, fishing, avoiding the cops, catching frogs and listening to '70s music. Ronny falls hard for Mary Ellen and throughout the summer their relationship grows, but things may not be quite all they seem and, when Mary leaves, Ronnie discovers a heartbreaking deception. But that’s not all. Ronnie is about to learn something even more surprising. Pecker Tracks by R.S. Dees is a delightful story, written from the perspective of Ronnie. Usually first person books are written from a female perspective so it made a refreshing change to read one written from the male perspective. This is the kind of book that can take you back to your childhood, especially if you are from the area the book is centered on. It was written with real feeling, genuine emotion, and the descriptive prose made you feel everything that the protagonist felt. This is a book that really does take you back in time, back to when we made our own fun, didn’t rely on all the electronic wizardry of today, the internet, and everything else that has, in all honesty, taken the real fun out of life. The characters were extremely well developed and the plot line just flowed so naturally; it was a fun and easy read. A truly good story, and I'm looking forward to reading more.