As sixteen-year-old Binley Rosen walks to the school bus stop early one spring morning, he stumbles upon Byram Hills High School hottie Joni Sanborn and her considerably older boyfriend inside a parked car. Burdened with secrets of his own, Binley remains mum about Joni's backseat gymnastics and the two teens become fast friends.
When summer vacation arrives, Binley follows star high school athlete Topher Wyss to a running camp. Binley's attempts to befriend his idol are undermined, however, when Topher catches him in a compromising situation with another camper.
Meanwhile, back home in Pleasantville, Joni's illicit romance has led to big problems of her own. With humiliation looming ahead for both teens once school begins, Joni steals a car, Binley steals some cash and the two teens take off for adventure.
The road from New York to Vegas proves as bumpy as the road from adolescence to adulthood. Along the way, Binley and Joni avoid suspicious hotel clerks, cross paths with a crazy homeless girl and learn the strange tale of a live, headless chicken. Most importantly, they learn to trust and take care of each other.
David Rubin's first novel is a comic yet touching tale of friendship and sexual awakening. Readers who enjoyed "Someday this Pain will Be Useful to You" by Peter Cameron, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky" or "Looking for Alaska" by John Green will be engrossed by Rubin's first novel.