Today’s theme in teen fiction is alcohol. Buff (yes, that is his name) has been coping with an abusive father, a dead mother, and pressure to become the star athlete. Buff and the unnamed narrator became good friends. They played hockey together and as the pressure on Buff continued, he nearly drank himself into a coma. Not a bad story line but it is dated. I do think this plot and book could translate into something more contemporary. The book’s message is that its okay to ask for help and friends can be there for you.
When I was looking for info about this item, I also found out that there was a movie adapted from this book with the same title. The lead roles were played by none other than Chachi himself, Scott Baio and Lance Kerwin, who was probably just as famous at the time. The things you get to find out when you are a librarian who loves to play with WorldCat.