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2014 Story 63

From One Teen Story magazine, Volume II Issue VI (February 18, 2014):

63. GORILLA AT LARGE by Robert Voedisch  We've all seen those locally-produced commercials that stand out like sore thumbs compared to the slicker production of national ad campaigns. This story starts out with one of those: an ad campaign featuring a gorilla on a bike with an announcer deeply intoning "He's Coming."  The anticipation the campaign builds in the teen narrator and his friends matches the anticipation the author builds for the reader as we wonder where this is going: how important will this commercial be in the grand scheme of the story?  Is it a vital piece of the action, or just a tease to get us into the mind of the protagonist. The answer is that question is "yes." It is vital, in that it motivates the narrator to do something he might otherwise not do: talk to a girl. It is also a tease, in that the crux of the story happens not on the night the gorilla (in a movie shown in 3-D on local television) arrives, but a night earlier when a more metaphorical gorilla enters the picture. Voedisch, like most of the adult authors One Teen Story publishes, remembers/understands the mix of hormones and logic and peer pressure that come with being thirteen-seventeen years old (in this story, thirteen) and his story rings so true for those of us who grew up in relatively small towns across the country.

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