Whompyjawed: 1.Askew, out of place 2.Off-center or crooked 3. (informal) a person of eccentric or questionable character; odd....................
Football is Willy Keeler's ticket out of West Texas, but only if he can keep the explosive combination of his intellect and hormones from destroying his high-school career. Not an easy task as he also contends with the endless demands of his girlfriend, mother, coach, and college recruiters. When a startling sexual encounter with a classmate and a consuming infatuation with one of his mother's friends threaten to shatter his fragile balance, Willy discovers that simply figuring out who he is may be the greatest challenge of all.
Reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye and The Last Picture Show, Mitch Cullin's Whompyjawed is an unforgettable coming-of-age story, told with unparalleled humor and compassion.
From Library Journal
In his first novel, Cullin takes a look at rural Texas and creates a voice in Willy Keeler that both defies and typifies stereotypes. Willy is a star football player in the one-sport town of Claude, TXAand he knows that this is his ticket out. Although troubled by his family life, Willy tries to create normalcy and comfort for his younger brother, Joel. Idolized by his coach, his girlfriend, and the townspeople, Willy shares his modest dreams with only his best friends, Eric and Sammy. Adolescent life is often whompyjawed, or askew, and serves as a time of open doors and disappointments. Readers will not, however, be disappointed with this genuinely talented new writer, who has said that he strives to "write more and talk less." Recommended for young adult and general readers alike.AShannon Haddock, Bellsouth Corporate Lib. & Business Research Ctr., Birmingham, AL
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