Paradise Rules by Jimmy Gleacher

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It’s only a week into summer break and already seventeen-year-old Gates has . . .

a) Hustled millionaires on the golf course

b) Tried to stop his mother from having a(nother) nervous breakdown

c) Promised to lose his virginity with his girlfriend, Mel . . . which would be great if he hadn’t already lost it to his forty-year-old godmother

d) Almost killed a man

Yeah, Gates has a lot of secrets, but he’s determined to keep his heart true. When he’s not swinging golf clubs like a pro, he reads pulp fiction to old folks at the retirement home. And despite his occasional slip-ups—drinking before noon and sneaking glimpses through his sexy godmother’s open negligees—Gates only has eyes for Mel. But she knows he’s hiding something, and she’s beginning to lose her patience.

Just as Gates is about to spill his shameful secrets, he gets tangled up in a golf club scandal that jeopardizes his dreams of a normal life. He’s never been a fighter, but this time he finally pushes back at the world—which could have been a breakthrough but turns into an epic fail. Probably because Gates fights back dirty. Now his life is on the verge of ruin, and he’s got no one to turn to for help.

Or so he thinks. Because what Gates is about to discover might hit him with the most amazing shock of his life.

About Jimmy Gleacher

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Jimmy Gleacher received his MFA from the Naropa Institute in 1999. His fiction and non-fiction have been published by several journals, including "Damaged Goods, The Sun, The Lullwater Review, " and "2wice." He plays the game in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, visit
Published July 12, 2011 by Gallery Books. 304 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(His mom also messes around with Stuart, a neighbor, but tries to keep this affair quiet.) Mel’s dad, a hotshot lawyer, likes to play golf at the local country club and also likes to fondle Gates (hence one of his nicknames, see above), and Mel’s mom is hot in her own right, especially after some...

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We're first introduced to Gates (just Gates, that's it) as a caddy at the prestigious and private Boulder Golf Club.

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When Gates is not swinging golf clubs like a pro, he reads pulp fiction to old folks at a Boulder retirement home.

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