Sam is turning 17 this year and he is being pushed towards adulthood too fast. He has a whole bunch of grown-up problems on his hands now. Like how to make a distant relationship with your boyfriend work? Or how to stop yourself from cheating on your boyfriend with a hot friend who wants to be more than friends? Or how to disattach yourself from your parents and follow your dreams independently? But all that is just too much for a seventeen-year-old to handle. So Sam finds himself gravitating towards Eric, a little daredevil who introduces him to fun things, like stealing, lying, drinking, smoking, and having sex. ?But we know that things like that can lead you into trouble. Sam doesn't know about that though, and he is headed towards a disaster. Somebody is just gonna have to show him the right way.
PURCHASE THIS BOOK>
I just love Sam, and everyone around him, but Sam. Wow. Mr. Wolford could pay homage to The Shining next and have Sam murder his family, and I would still love him. He is every teen. Gay, straight, bi, trans, cis, male or female. All teens struggle with the same questions and insecurities that Sam does. They are all faced with choices that seem life altering at the time. Everything is just so much more for teenagers. Perie Wolford captures that in this lovely series. These stories are a treat to read.
When I finished Turning 17, my first reaction was the overwhelming urge to breakup with Perie Wolford. Seriously, how could he let this happen?!?!?! Upon reflection though, it's not Perie's fault that 17 happened. Becuase, ahhhhh, 17. That awkward no man's land between the novelty of 16 and the adult reality of 18. So, while the specifics here weren't (selfishly) what I wanted, the journey was told perfectly.
Perie Wolford brings back Sam and he's in big trouble: a birthday's coming up. This is a charming coming of age story about a boy about to turn seventeen.
In spite of the light touch and comic tone of "Turning 17," it covers some fairly heart-rending ground, at least from a teen perspective. Feeling entirely out of control while desperately trying to reassert control is one of those things I remember in my own life and see in my kids' lives. Sam's resistance to listening to his parents while simultaneously being grateful for their love and support also rings true--from both sides of my brain.