The U.S. has an epidemic known as the Peter Pan Virus, which only affects children, most of which are not expected to live to 18. Noah is sent to a special school where’s quarantined with his girlfriend, his best friend, the boy he has a crush on, with only time to kill. He meditates on the brevity of life, the value of love, and the loss of hope.
Westing is not your typical school. For starters, you have to have one very important quality in order to be admitted—you have to be dying. Every student at Westing has been diagnosed with PPV, or the Peter Pan Virus. No one is expected to live to graduation.
What do you do when you go to a school where no one has a future? Noah Falls, his girlfriend Alice, and his best friend Marty spend their time drinking, making out, and playing video games on awaywego.com. But when an older boy named Zach (who Noah may or may not be in love with) invites Noah and Marty to join his secret Polo Club, the lives of both boys change as they struggle to find meaning in their shortened existence.
With an innovative format that includes interstitial documents, such as flyers, postcards, and handwritten notes, Away We Go is a funny, honest look at first love and tragic heartbreak.
Genre: Contemporary, science fiction
Cis boys: Noah, Zach
Gay/Queer/Bisexual: Noah, Zach
Biromantic or homoromantic: Noah, Zach
‘Peter Pan Virus’ – death at a young age
Trigger warnings: Death