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By Josh Kilmer-Purcell

From the seriously acclaimed writer of i'm really not Myself nowadays comes the very atypical adventures of a starry-eyed younger guy from the Midwest looking reputation and fortune within the flamboyant surreality of recent York, la . . . and in every single place in among. Jayson Blocher is uninterested in worshiping popular culture; he desires to join it. So he is off, observed by way of an ever-changing solid of quirky individuals, on an incredibly bumpy trip from rural Wisconsin to a brand new York escort corporation for Broadway refrain boys, to a Hollywood sitcom set. someplace available in the market his future awaits—along with the invention of past love, a few strange coincidences, a kidnapping secret . . . and the sobering fact that being America's sweetheart can go away a really bitter aftertaste.

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Jayson knew he shouldn’t have paused under the showers. “Hey, nice game,” Trey said. ” Jayson quoted from his favorite Popeye comic book. “Sorry about that,” Trey apologized. ” Trey turned and looked Jayson in the eye. “I’m really sorry. I am. ” CANDY EVERYBODY WANTS 48 Something about the sincerity in Trey’s light blue eyes reminded Jayson of how inseparable the two of them had been during the summer months before they had to return to school and put up protective facades. Before they were forced to splinter off into different, respectively appropriate groups of friends.

Willie, of course, understood none of what Unsinger preached, and frequently lay down on the picnic table bench to take a nap. CANDY EVERYBODY WANTS 44 The worst part of the “rap sessions” was how they concluded. Unsinger would pull a handful of acrid, plastic-tasting, sugarless hard candies from his vest pocket and try to make Jayson and Willie “trade in” a bad behavior in exchange for a piece of candy. ” Jayson had a hard time not gagging when he put the hard rubbery diabetic candy in his mouth.

She fake shuddered from head to toe. This made Willie giggle. JOSH KILMER-PURCELL 41 She held out the jerky stick toward Willie’s face. “Now bite down and pull. Hard” Willie did, and came away smiling, the jagged end of jerky sticking out of his mouth. “Fwhank you,” Willie said, chewing. “You’re mighty welcome, chum,” Franck replied, putting her non-cane-using arm around Willie. The two of them followed Toni, who was carrying the boxes of Franck’s clothes into the house. Stopping just inside what used to be the door to the garage, Toni peeled the remote garage door opener off the Velcro tape that held it to the wall.

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