By R. Dean Johnson
It's overdue summer time 1982 while the Houghton kinfolk uproots from Paterson, New Jersey and strikes to Yorba Linda, California—the self-anointed "Land of Gracious Living." Fourteen year-old Reece is making an attempt his most sensible to think his family members has come to California for the possibilities it presents and never to outrun a shared kin mystery, yet he is starting to observe that even his heroes have flaws, everyone lies, and beginning a band might be his basically likelihood at salvation.
With a bullhorn, a borrowed guitar, and his new top friends—Keith, a know-it-all who understands little or no; and deal with, a mohawked child keen about vague albums—Reece begins a punk workforce of his personal.
While Reece's dating together with his mom and dad suffers less than the stress of recent jobs, new neighbors, new crushes, and previous secrets and techniques, his self belief soars. Even with no gig or a tune they could play an analogous means two times, the excitement in regards to the band is swirling, and it is not until eventually the evening of the band's first gig that Reece will absolutely know how a lot of his new house is actual, how a lot is synthetic, and the way a few issues, just like the chemical aspect Californium, may be either on the similar time.
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