This is the kind of novel with a common appeal?people and events we all recognize, perhaps with a twinge of pain. The basic plot concerns two hometown boys returning after a tour of duty in Korea, the war that ?wasn?t really a war.? The two young men, Sonny and Gunner, had attended the same high school, but that is all they held in common. Gunner had been the All-American boy?suave, confident, and the greatest broken-field runner in the history of their shared high school. Sonny, on the other hand, had been quiet, nondescript, and a photographer for the high school newspaper. For some reason, always a surprise to the underdog in such situations, Gunner took a liking to Sonny and the two became unlikely friends. Sonny shuddered every minute, sure that he would say something inane and expose his unworthiness. If you remember?and enjoyed??The Graduate,? ?Good-bye, Columbus,? or ?Catcher in the Rye,? add ?Going All the Way? to your bookshelf. If you were graduated from a small-town high school between 1947 and 1965, I guarantee you?ll relive many hilarious and nostalgic ?moments to remember.?
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