Item description for 5 Miles to Empty by Jarold Imes...
When Franklin Dell lived in Denver Colorado he and his group of friends sold candy in their middle school, fought gang violence and enjoyed a nearly peaceful seventh grade year. Franklin has always bragged about Winston-Salem, North Carolina was his dream home. He enjoyed the predominantly African American city and wants nothing more than to leave the thuggish, ruggish gangster ways of Denver behind. Upon arriving in Winston-Salem, he finds that the city is nothing how he imagined it being from his summer visits from Denver. He can't get a long with anyone at Hanes Middle School except for Mike Lane, a fourteen year old bad ass who happens to be gay. As Franklin and Mike grow up, they find that friendship is important and help each other face discrimination, sexual trials, fatherhood and off to college they go. But when something happens to potentially end one of their lives and their friendship, will these young men be able to face their challenges together?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jun 19, 2007
Publisher Abednego's Free
ISBN 1934195022 ISBN13 9781934195024
Reviews - What do customers think about 5 Miles to Empty?
True friendship is a special bond that doesn't break till one is gone...... Jan 29, 2008
5 MILES TO EMPTY is one of the most unique stories I have ever seen in print. The story of Franklin and Mike is more than just a story of how male friends bond into brothers, it's also a story of how understanding promotes unity, as Franklin is straight, and Mike is gay.
The story begins with Franklin, who is sitting in a college class at Gilbert State University, receiving a phone call from Mike's friend Eric, informing him that Mike is in the hospital. Franklin immediately persuades Tia, a classmate who lives in the city where the hospital is located, to take him to see Mike.
At the hospital, Eric asks Franklin to tell him about when he first met Mike, and the story begins. Franklin and Mike met when Franklin moved to Winston-Salem five years before, at the age of thirteen. Franklin had to suffer the alienation of being the "new kid" at school. Mike took the initiative to meet Franklin after class, and a friendship was born.
Mike informed Franklin that he was gay as they ate lunch. Franklin did not understand what the term meant. At that point of their friendship, Mike took on the role of mentor to Franklin, not only explaining to Franklin what it meant to be gay, but helping Frankling through the passages of life, as he grew from teenager to young man. Franklin and Mike accept each other for who they were, and the experiences Franklin shares with Eric show a transition from friendship to brotherhood between the two. No matter what happens in their lives, they always are there for each other.
As the story ends, Eric is awed by the close bond Franklin and Mike share, and Franklin realizes that most of his memorable life experiences have been shared with Mike. The book ends with a beautiful lesson for the reader of the power of love. 5 MILES TO EMPTY is quite enjoyable; the characters are all well-developed and believable, and the friendship between Franklin and Mike is a wonderful example of brotherly love, and of the unity that is born of acceptance. Jarold Imes is a masterful storyteller, and I plan to read more of his books in the future!
Reviewed by Rowena Winfrey for The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE (token787) Aug 10, 2007
Loved this book. I was moved and captured. I loved the characters,especially Mike. This was a true friendship for Mike and Franklin. Not many straight boys would take the risk an become best friends or even hang-out with someone who calls themselves gay. This story will teach you about friendship, love, and most of all self-acceptance.