Punkzilla, un adolescente de catorce años que acaba de desertar de Buckner, una academia militar, tiene como misión atravesar los Estados Unidos para encontrarse con su hermano enfermo de cáncer. La trama se desarrolla entre moteles de mala muerte, estaciones de autobuses y paseos en carretera. Una impactante novela construida con las cartas que Punkzilla escribe a su hermano a lo largo del viaje en el que el protagonista intentará encontrar su identidad al mismo tiempo que conocerá a peculiares personajes que lo acompañarán hasta llegar a su destino.
At 14, pot-smoking, DVD player-stealing Jamie is no angel (though his androgynous good looks get him plenty of attention). He is sent to military school, but soon goes AWOL, spending some rough months in Portland, Ore. (mugging joggers, trying meth), before heading to Memphis by Greyhound bus to visit his gay older brother, Peter, who is dying of cancer. Rapp (Under the Wolf, Under the Dog) tells the story through Jamie's unsent letters, with additional letters from relatives and friends giving more background and context. Jamie, who has ADD, details every step (being taken advantage of sexually, getting jumped, befriending a female-to-male transsexual, losing his virginity) in expletive-filled, stream-of-consciousness narration with insights into seedy roadside America ("I think that as a general rule lonely people give other lonely people money a lot") and his own situation. Whether Jamie will survive his bad luck and make it to Memphis in time gives the story tension, but while Jamie leaves much behind each day on the road, little is found. The teenager's singular voice and observations make for an immersive reading experience. Ages 14 up.