Five homeless teens (all HIV positive) in rural Virginia get a second chance at a better life when a couple on a high school reunion trip takes them on a cross-country journey to their new home in sunny California.
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"Wet Matches: A Novel" is a very uplifting story about friendship and the length we are sometimes willing to go for a friend. What Crystal did for Jalan will inspire us all to take a closer look at our own relationships and friendships. While on a high school reunion trip to rural Virginia, Jack and Crystal meets a colorful group of homeless teens (all HIV positive) and decides to give them a second chance at a better life by taking them on a cross-country trip and providing them with a fresh start in sunny California. People called them useless...worthless...about as good as wet matches! Meet Shelly, Robbie, Josie, Micky and Cole...five lively teens who still laugh when death may possibly be lurking around the corner. As others called them worthless, Jalan, Crystal and Jack thought otherwise. "WET MATCHES" is a Quarter-Finals Prize Winner of The Writers Network 14th Annual Screenplay & Fiction Competition. Without being preachy-but-entertaining, 'WET MATCHES: A NOVEL' takes a fresh contemporary look at America's ever-increasing youth runaway and teen homeless problems. Look for the print edition or ebook version on Amazon in December 2011.
It seems that those who reach down and pull others out of the well, most often, are the ones who've been down in the well themselves...Pleadingly, Crystal explains, "Jack, how can we go back to that big empty house knowing that these kids got no place to call home?"