Mainstream Contemporary

Amateur at Heart
by Jack Forge

Sonny Dennison lives with his grandparents, attends the local Catholic High and hangs out with Alfred, his cynical best friend.  Home from  summer vacation after an innocent romance with Ginny, he becomes sexually excited by Lela, a local temptress who is older and evidently experienced.

Fascinated by religious stories of the youthful decadence of Augustine and Mary Magdalene's devotion to Jesus, Sonny is a dreamer who loves creating poetry and pictures and gets lost in reveries.

Yet, in typical teen paradox, his idol is the worldly Dion, a local stud renowned for his athletic and amorous achievements.   No wonder Sonny soon confuses all the women in his life: his mother, his step-sister, Ginny, Magdalene, and Lela.  Still, he relentlessly chases Leila, wins her, but must answer the eternal question faced by teens: is there fulfillment in sex for its own sake?  In the end Sonny discovers the value of transcendent beauty.  He awakens.

RatingGeneral audience

This humorous and moving tale of a boy coming of age will appeal to readers of both genders, from young adult to the elderly. 

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Book Stats
19-31 Oct

F-F Rating:  27  
Off the shelf   368
Pages turned  6994
Complete Reads  19
Reads This Period  12

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Jack Forge

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jack Forge graduated with a Master of Arts in English from the University of Iowa and has been a teacher for many years. Having read and written poetry, essays, plays, and stories most of his life, he has decided to pursue the work as a career. So far he has completed two novels and is working on a third.

For a taste of poetry by Jack Forge, visit Mocha Memoirs, which features his poem To Keats, or Dreamuse: A Source for Literary Art, Original Music, and Writing Services





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