Up Late with Vision Quest by Terry Davis


Few YA novels provoke nostalgia in me the way Robert Cormier’s do–I’ve read and re-read Fade so many times.  Recently, though, a friend recommendedVision Quest, a 1979 YA novel by Terry Davis.  She had recently re-read it and was reminded of the compelling protagonist and the strong story line.

Louden Swain, an 18 year old wrestler who plans to graduate early, has to prepare for his match, write his senior thesis, and negotiate a reorganized family as his parents recently split.  This story chronicles a boy on the cusp of manhood–a gentle, compassionate boy who loves his girlfriend Carla, and also loves her kitten Katzen.  There were a number of things that stood out to me as I read this book where nobody owns a cell phone, rival athletes greet each other with civility and respect, and young people go out into the Pacific Northwest to camp.

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