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“When Josh turns 13, his father sends him a stuffed falcon. Other than his aunt's pear tart, it is the only good thing that happens to him. His 17-year-old female cousin moves into the storage room connected to his room, he thinks he's in love, his best friend seems babyish, and his body begins changing ' all of which makes school unbearable. Josh stops going, and instead wanders, trying to figure out this terrible person that he feels he is becoming. Erling portrays Josh's emotions with brutal honestly, capturing the confusion of becoming a teen with realistic detail.”
— Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
Josh Stephenson's thirteenth year starts with a bafﬂing sequence of events. His seventeen-year-old girl cousin moves into his house, making his bedroom a corridor, he devises a truancy plan to escape the embarrassment he suffers at school, and his estranged father sends him a stuffed falcon for his birthday. And on top of all that, he's in love but wondering if dreams of love can ever come true. Josh goes to his secret hollow on the beach, a rocky outcropping along Iceland's rugged coast, to try to work out if his life is being sucked into a black hole or if this is just being thirteen. Written with passion and humor, this coming-of-age novel explores the juxtaposition of teenage angst and ecstasy.