Knowing that he
could be called to service at any time to fight in the Vietnam war,
Ed Sorenson wants to experience life before heís faced with war and
death. Deciding to leave his home for California, Ed asks Sammy
Neff to join him at the spur of the moment. To his surprise Sammy
While driving from
Wyoming to California their car breaks down in Nevada during a heavy
rainstorm. They are stranded on a lonely highway where long kept
secrets and fears are pushed to the forefront.
A Busted Afternoon has a very
nostalgic feel too it. Pepper Espinoza did a great job in capturing
the aura of the time. Ed and Sammy werenít exactly friends, even
though they knew each other their whole lives. Ed was surprised that
he found the nerve to ask Sammy to come with him on his adventure.
These two young kids, who were unsure of their future and unaware
that they both were attracted to the same sex (or at least attracted
to each other), were able to pull a lot of feeling from me. Both
boys were vulnerable and strong at the same time and the innocence
and fear when it came to showing their feelings was very well
portrayed. I enjoyed A Busted Afternoon and Iím
praying to the book gods for a sequel.