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Many, Paul.
New York : Walker, 2000.
ISBN 0802787088
Neal has no real interest in doing well in school.  Since his father's death 6 years ago, nothing seems all that important to him.  You might say he's a bit of a dreamer who can't stick to anything.  This year, he took a film making class in school but decides not to finish the project.  The teacher won't let him get off that easily though.  He gives Neal an incomplete and tells him to get the film done by then end of the summer.  Yeah right.  Summer.  This summer, Neal's mother decides he needs to try to hold on to a summer job.  He's had several summer jobs before but they don't last.  Neal always does something to get fired.  Now, he finds himself working at the OK Construction Company doing the real grunt work.  Determined not to get fired this time, Neal really tries to do well.  It just doens't always turn out the way he wants though.  He's also determined to finish his film for class.  His mother and his longtime girlfriend are on his case about getting serious about his future.  What does he want to do?  His girlfriend wants him to go to business school and become a success.  Neal doesn't see his future that way though.  But for now, he's got to finish the film for school.  After a few false starts, he finds his direction.  How does his summer job fit in with his school project?  And what will Neal learn about his elusive past?  And his future?
SUBJECTS:     Self-perception -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Fiction.


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