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Gap Life by John Coy

SAYING “NO” HAS CONSEQUENCES.

Interests/Topics: family, friendship, identity, destiny, travel, familial expectations

Curriculum Connections: English

Gender: M/F

Age: 14+

Blurb: Have you ever said “no” to your parents? Of course you have. I said no to my parents 137 some-odd times a day. It never ended well. The important thing, though, is that I said “yes” to the really important things: getting good marks, staying safe, attending university, etc. I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had said no to those parental expectations. Shiver.

Crayton Robert Franklin, the third, has a secret. He should be happy; he just graduated from high school after all. But his secret is weighing on him, making him miserable. You see, Cray doesn’t want to attend university, not just yet anyway. The problem? Crayton Robert Franklin, the second. Cray’s father comes from a long line of doctors, a profession that Cray is expected to carry on. He’s been accepted to his father’s alma mater, and the deposit has been paid. All he has to do is go.

But Cray doesn’t want to be a doctor…in fact, the only thing he does know is that he wants to take a gap year to figure things out. The first hurdle? Saying “no” to his father. It won’t be pretty.

Saying “no” has consequences.

Flavour: “What are you going to do? What do you want to be? Everyone was asking the same questions and I was sick of it and didn’t have answers. There was one thing, though, that I was one hundred percent sure about. I knew what I didn’t want to be. I didn’t want to be anything like my dad.” (13)

“I told people I was taking a gap year, but I wasn’t going to college a year from the fall. Nobody was paying my way as a star athlete like Jett. I wasn’t super smart like Rayne. My gap year could become two years and then three and then four. I didn’t see a way I could earn enough money to pay for college on my own. My gap year could turn into my gap life.” (132)

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