“I Don’t Kiss” by David Leddick— From One Summer…

Leddick, David. “I Don’t Kiss”, White Lake Press, 2012.

 From One Summer…

Amos Lassen

The big city can be really special to someone who has never been to one. When a teenage boy from the Midwest goes to live with his Aunt Marie and Uncle Anchor, he experiences a life that he had never dreamt of. He meets an array of people and finds himself being pursued by an older man and experiencing suburban life as well in Quaker Colony, New York. He soon meets an Army veteran who has just returned to the area that is the home of the rich and the famous. His experiences are what propel him to become a stage actor-singer-dancer and he soon finds that his new career takes him wherever he wants to go. But wherever he is, his Army man is not and he misses him and makes up his mind to find him.

If you have never read David Leddick, you should and this is a really good place to start. Set in 1946, this book gives you an idea how it was once but there are other things here as well. This is a story of sexual awakening that has humor and sex and wonderfully drawn characters. I suppose you could also call this a coming-of age-story and our unnamed main character comes-of-age over and over again.