IMPACT ZONE

Ray Maloney

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Reader, 1986
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Synopsis: While trying to deal with his parents' marital fortunes and his own burgeoning sexuality, fourteen-year-old Jim runs off to Hawaii where he courts death by riding the Pipeline.

From School Library Journal: Grade 9 Up An involving but flawed rite-of-passage novel. When Jim's stepfather Larry discovers that 15-year-old Jim has been sexually involved with a girl in his class, he refuses to let Jim visit his father in Hawaii. Jim runs away, using money he steals from Larry. After many adventures, including an encounter with a teenage prostitute who tries to rob him, he arrives at his father's home, only to discover that his father and his father's wife-to-be plan to move (without him) to Japan. To make his running away more than a gesture of independence, Jim imposes on himself a dangerous test of courage and skillriding the deadly coral reef surf of Hawaii. Although his initial attempt almost kills him, his persistence pays offjust as his mother arrives on the scene to witness the heroics. Finally, Jim feels as if he is his own person. And, his mother decides to break up her second marriage and live with Jim in Hawaii. Maloney's writing is engaging and colorfully descriptive in the details of the landscapes and seascapes and the ins and outs of surfing. However, except for Jim, characterizations are too one-sided for credibility; Larry is not only a clumsy, overweight oaf but also a religious fundamentalist and a bigot, while Jim's father is cool, honest, upfront, liberal, handsome, etc. Some Valley "bitchen" talk may confuse readers, Jim's explicit description of his "screwing" (a word he seems wedded to) may offend some and the too-painless resolution of Jim's family problems will be unacceptable to more discriminating readers. Nonetheless, in this first novel (winner of the Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding First YA Novel), Maloney's moving portrayal of Jim's journey to test and discover his limits will leave a distinct zone of impact on many teen readers seeking their own declarations of independence. Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
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Title: IMPACT ZONE
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Reader
Publication Date: 1986
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good

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