New Book Looks Inside a Teenage Boy’s Mind

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The angst of high school is brought to life in William Haylon’s debut novel ‘I’m Will’

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What are the boys doing? Playing sports and video games? These questions were behind the creation of ‘I’m Will'

“Have you noticed that girls are outperforming boys in pretty much every phase of academia?” asks William Haylon, author of the new book ‘I’m Will’ (published by iUniverse). “Take a look at town newspapers: The high school honor rolls are almost all girls. The class officers are girls. Leaders of the school organizations? Girls. College enrollment and graduation? 57% female, 43% male. What are the boys doing? Playing sports and video games? These questions were behind the creation of ‘I’m Will,’” explains the author.

This fictional tale shares an introspective glimpse into a young man’s adolescent mind as he struggles through the confusing and often contradictory task of growing up.

In his parents’ minds, Michael William Harrington, Jr. (aka Will), was an underachiever. So, they decided he should go to an expensive private high school that they really couldn’t afford; they wrote some great essays for his applications. And yet Will only got into a single school of the nine to which he applied - off the wait list when another family couldn’t afford the tuition.

Over the next four years, he grew a foot, developed a dusting of facial hair and mostly completed over 600 nights of homework. He was also regularly grounded for uninspiring grades, was caught cheating, introduced to alcohol, fell hopelessly in love with a lesbian schoolmate and burned down a school building.

As punishment for some of his high school misadventures, Will had to write a thesis about someone he found interesting. The result is “I’m Will”.

An excerpt from “I’m Will”:

“Will was fundamentally a great kid. And being our first, we were certainly practicing on him. But he was, at the same time, confusing and frustrating. He lacked any initiative whatsoever and would have been happiest watching ESPN’s Sport Center or old television sitcom re-runs twenty-four hours a day.”

About the Author
William Haylon graduated from Williams College and Harvard Business School spending many years as a determined entrepreneur. Now a stay-at-home dad, he lives outside of Boston with his wife and four children. Visit him online at

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