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Benji, Reggie, Nick, Clive, Bobby, Randy, Marcus & NP (“Nigga Please”). Back when summers were idle, the coming of September meant reinvention and, in the meantime, there were a ton of “firsts” to be had. First car, first job, first kiss, first (insert your summer story here).
After a long break the anticipation of re-entering the world with anything newly acquired—attitude, clothing, money, height, breasts—have always been at the center of teenage existence. All the twisting, turning, faking and becoming everything that you are not to inadvertently find your way to who you are.
In this bildungsroman, the journey to that self is inextricably linked to that place, Sag Harbor, where Benji’s own maturation takes place. In between doing nothing and finding more of nothing to do, there’s class and race and history, and the feeling every teenager has that they are going through all of it alone.