Set in a country village, the story follows a group of young teenagers through a summer. Told mainly through the eyes of Luke as he starts a carwash business to earn money for life's essentials - discman, playstation, etc. Additional commentary is from Bix, his next-door neighbour, who spends most of her time up a tree. Soon the shifting pattern of relationships within the group is laid bare. Luke is in a constant power struggle with his younger brother, Danny, and in the throes of helpless passion for Bix's sister, the older, cooler Liv. Liv has to face up to pregnancy but this is not the main core of the book. Relationships are tested and become more real as summer progresses.
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Lesley Howarth had many jobs after attending art college, and she travelled widely by motorbike in the US and Mexico. She has written highly acclaimed novels for Walker Books, including Maphead, winner of the Guardian Prize, and Weather Eye a Smarties Prize winner. Lesley lives in Cornwall.
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Book Description Puffin, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Summer, and time for Luke to start up his carwash business again. Time for some serious money-making. But this year, cool hand Luke, best car washer in the west, finds that the carwash sets off changes he never expected. Luke is used to being in control. He knows who's cool and who isn't. He enjoys winding people up (particularly brother Danny). But can he handle it when people start winding him up? What's he going to do when he discovers a new side of himself - as revealed by clever, cool, unattainable Liv?. Bookseller Inventory # 000597