North Hill (Paperback)
Puck Beck feels invisible. Born into a large Catholic family, he's a wise guy, the resident wit. But humor can't seem to get him out of the shadows of his older brothers or make his dad appreciate him. His dad, afflicted with polio in the 1950s epidemic, runs an automotive garage but then loses everything when his business partner skips town. Puck and the boys help fend off the family's financial ruin by doing odd jobs, until one day when the amazing Teresa Del Rosa appears. Desired by every guy on North Hill, she triggers an internal struggle in Puck, forcing him to choose between his faith and teenage desire, with nothing less than his family's fate hanging in the balance.