This is Kuhn's second verse novel, his eighth publication overall - his first five having been written under his pen name, Kurt K. Shinian. In a similar manner as Salinger and Pirsig, Caleb, a high school student a few days away from graduating, is questioning the apparent thoughtlessness most kids have as they transition into adulthood - the nonchalant habitual acceptance of what lies ahead. Thinking that the bridge that connects both phases of his life is a superficial farce, he steals a car in hopes of having a Kerouacian adventure into sudden epiphanies. In order to make this journey possible, Caleb steals the car of a soon to retire college professor, Dan. Being that he is also at a crossroads, Dan grants Caleb permission to use his car because he wants to develop his spirit vicariously through Caleb. In this unique student-mentor relationship, both characters find themselves undergoing significant life changes. In the tradition of other bildungsroman, The Somewhere of Going Nowhere measures the adolescent growth within the struggle that so many teens face when they find themselves at an end and a beginning.
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