Weaver, Will. Full service.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

WEAVER, Will. Full service. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 232p. c2005. 0-374-32485-9. $1700. JS

Weaver returns to the farm country of rural Minnesota (familiar to readers of the Billy Baggs Trilogy--Striking Out, Farm Team, and Hard Ball) for this story of a farm boy working in town one summer, the summer he turns 16. Weaver is a professor of English and his carefully polished vignettes about Paul and the people he meets this summer--the characters at the gas station where he works, the hippies camped on Paul's family farm, the convict who helps out his parents to make up for Paul's absence--quietly pull in the reader. In the quiet there is humor, absurdities, pathos, and the full-range of adolescent angst. Not only is Paul at the beginning of the summer a shy, naive farm boy, his family are members of an extremely rigid fundamentalist church; by the end of the summer, it is expected that he will be baptized as...

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