Way to Go by Tom Ryan

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Danny thinks he must be the only seventeen-year-old guy in Cape Breton--in Nova Scotia, maybe--who doesn't have his life figured out. His buddy Kierce has a rule for every occasion, and his best friend Jay has bad grades, no plans and no worries. Danny's dad nags him about his post-high-school plans, his friends bug him about girls and a run-in with the cops means he has to get a summer job. Worst of all, he's keeping a secret that could ruin everything.

About Tom Ryan

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Tom Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island. He spent his childhood reading, wandering the countryside, making up stories and bossing around his younger brothers. After high school, he studied English at Mount Allison University and then moved to Halifax, where he studied film production. He currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his partner and dog. In the future, he would like to write more books, travel the world, direct a feature film and eventually move back to beautiful Nova Scotia.
Published April 1, 2012 by Orca Book Publishers. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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This long evening would have been stronger if Mr. Brock had just focused on his final dance, “American Sadness.” Set largely to Mr. Kahane’s self-titled debut album — the title comes from a lyric in his song “North Adams” — “American Sadness” relates the journey of a young couple (Ryan Jackso...

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As summer vacation begins on the sland of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, 17-year-old Danny feels lost, with no career aspirations and the burden of hiding that he’s gay. He’s also having trouble relati

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‘Way to Go,’ the first novel by author Tom Ryan, is a story that centers around the summer vacation of high school student Danny.

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Lambda Literary

Tom Ryan’s first novel, Way to Go (Orca Book Publishers), is not the sex comedy its publicity materials would have you to believe.

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