Josh Stephenson’s 13th year starts with a baffling sequence of events. His 17-year-old girl cousin moves into his house, making his bedroom a corridor, he devises a truancy plan to escape the embarrassment he suffers at school, and his estranged father sends him a stuffed falcon for his birthday. And on top of all that, he’s in love but wondering if dreams of love can ever come true. Josh goes to his secret hollow on the beach, a rocky outcropping along Iceland’s rugged coast, to try to work out if his life is being sucked into a black hole or if this is just being 13.
Written with passion and humor, this coming-of-age novel explores the juxtaposition of teenage angst and ecstasy.