Eighteen-year-old New Yorker James Sveck is happiest by himself. â€œPeople, at least in my experience, rarely say anything interesting to each other. They always talk about their lives and they donâ€™t have very interesting lives. So I get impatient.â€ So now it’s his last summer before college, and James isnâ€™t even sure he WANTS to go to college. He may just chuck it all and use his tuition money to buy a house in Kansas where he can be completely and utterly ALONE. But his divorced parents, worried about his strange love for the Mid-West and the fact that he may be gay (even though it supposedly â€œwouldnâ€™t bother them one bit!â€) send him to a shrink to in order to clear up his issues and go off to Brown like a good boy. Though James is skeptical about therapy at first, Dr. Adler manages to get him talking about all the things he never thought heâ€™d shareâ€”his disastrous school trip to Washington D.C., his unacknowledged attraction to his motherâ€™s sophisticated male gallery employee, and what he might have seen from the windows of his downtown Manhattan high school on 9/11. Suddenly, James realizes he is completely and utterly SAD, and has been for a long time. What he decides to do in order to change his depressed status forms the basis of this neurotic, funny, Woody-Allen-film of a YA novel. Its’ twin sister in the world of YA lit. is Garret Freymann-Weyr’s brilliant My Heartbeat, also featuring a smart, confused New York teen with issues. So if you’re finally sick of the vapid world of Gossip Girl, come visit a whole other New York within the pages of adult author Peter Cameron’s first title for older teens.