YA male (mental health?) rides roller coaster repeatedly

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YA male (mental health?) rides roller coaster repeatedly

Editat: gen. 28, 11:58am

Update: the book was correctly identified by Aquila as A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt


I probably read this book between 1987 and 1991 in high school. I believe it was contemporary and written for teens.

A male teen is having emotional problems (he may be a runaway and / or estranged or fighting with family) and rides the roller coaster (and/or visits the amusement park) quite frequently, and over and over and over. Possibly as an escape from reality.

There may be alcohol or drug abuse as well. For all these years, I’ve thought it was “Catcher in the Rye”, but I reread that recently and that was not it.

The book may culminate with the protagonist having an epiphany while on the roller coaster with an older mentor / teacher, or after a conversation with that person. I think he’s on his way to better mental health / help at the end.

gen. 27, 6:29pm

Riding the roller coaster or other amusement park / carnival ride (or watching others ride?) is his way of “checking out” of life, as I remember it.

gen. 27, 8:35pm

A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt. Jeff's dad comes and finds him after he misses an exam and it's the start of things getting better.

gen. 28, 11:24am

I agree. A Solitary Blue. Very good book.

gen. 28, 11:56am

>3 Aquila: Thank you Aquila! You are right. When I read the description and saw the cover, I wasn’t convinced, but I am now about halfway through (finally got to the Octopus ride at the amusement park), and this is it!!