SHOWER TALK 20/20 PLEDGE
I have said many times the success of any
story is the ability of the storyteller.
Therefore, I have rewritten the book and returned to the original title
SHOWER TALK 20/20 PLEDGE. I have also retained the premise that the book
is 95% dialogue with the use of very few boring tags. In order for this unique
feature to be accomplished, the reader must become familiar with the 9 main characters,
after which their characteristics will allow identification.
The book is a series of conversations of high
school boys in the shower after PE Class. In order to retain a high reader interest some
of the shower conversations involve conceited talk about the size of family
jewels and bragging about their sexual exploitation with the opposite sex.
Also, because boys will be boys, they participate in homophobic gestures that
relieve tensions of naked bodies in a group shower.
Even within foolish boy talk, it is evident
that these boys have a keen interest in improving social conditions. Their
discussions of modern social and political issues prove their intellectual
achievements are above their average age group. Several of the boys form a
tight nit relation and decide to form a Shower Club with the objective that
“actions speak louder than words.”
coach listens to some of the conversations and is impressed. He realizes this
is a special group of teenagers and their objectives could be achieved. He asks
the principle if the schedules of the boys could be arranged so they could continue
having gym class together in upper grades. The principle agreed.
The book develops a new dimension of
diversity when a minority student enters the gym class. An African American basketball player is added
to the group. The shower conversations provide an insight into the economic
conditions in the black community.
When a Latino student enrolls in the school
and is assigned 5th period gym, the anger of a minority student is revealed. He
has a deep hatred for White
The main character is a gay boy who has a
homophobic father, who is a veteran of the
Two of the boys develop an attraction for
each other and attend the Senior Prom as a couple. The Senior Prom has a tragic
ending brought on by the anti-gay father of one of the boys.
(When a reader realizes the material he is
reading was written by a novice, the reader suddenly becomes a professional
critic. This is true in all forms of art; paintings; original music,
sculptures; acting, and designing. But when professionalism is already
established, the originator has freedoms not allowed to the novice. There is a
long hard road between the novice and the declared professional, and only a
very few make it to the end.)
I wish I could tell you the ending of this story, but to realize the detailed description you will have to read the book. This book is an exciting read through out------but the dramatic ending is the most exciting part.
(This book will be published on January of 2021.)