Until They Bring The Streetcars Back” by Author Stanley Gordon West
In the book “Until They Bring The Streetcars Back” author Stanley Gordon West writes of a young man, Cal, who goes through more troubling events in one year than most people do in their whole lives. One of these events includes a girl who Cal has liked his whole life, Lola Muldoon. But between Cal, Lola, and his friend Tom, there is a rollercoaster of friendship, love, and heartbreak.
Cal has been in love with Lola since the day he laid eyes on her but no one ever knew. Unfortunately for Cal, Lola was going steady with one of his good friends Tom. No one knew it but it really hurt Cal inside seeing Lola and Tom together, but he would never tell Tom that. Cal was soon overwhelmed with joy when he found out the news that Tom and Lola broke up. Tom had to break up with Lola because his father didn’t want him to be distracted when he went to college to become a doctor. The two of them still wanted to go out so they came up with a plan. They would create a secret dating service so they could still see each other. This would involve Cal pretending to go out with Lola so that she could go to the dance and still be with Tom while they were there.
Cal pretended to be going out with Lola for a long time. Their friendship had really grown as they got to know one another. He was happy with the secret dating service even though he knew it was a fake relationship. Cal was happy just being around Lola. Soon however that was not the case. Cal was getting tired of being around Lola and knowing that she didn’t like him in the same way he liked her. It was driving Cal crazy knowing it wasn’t for real. When Lola and Cal were at a club dance he finally told her how he really felt. When they talked Cal told Lola that he didn’t want to be a part of her game just to be with Tom. Much to Cal’s surprise Lola felt the same way Cal did. She wanted to be with Cal as well. Once the secret dating was over Cal and Lola were going out for real this time.
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Now that Cal’s friendship with Lola went straight into a relationship things couldn’t have gotten any better. But sadly things got worse. When Cal went to jail for stealing the liquor from Sid’s shop, Cal and Lola broke up. Cal got a letter from Lola while he was in jail. It said that her mother didn’t want her to be with anyone who was in jail. The next week he heard even worse news. Tom and Lola were back together again. He thought then that he should just give up on Lola because it would only end in heartbreak. When Cal got out of jail he tried to call Lola and disguise his voice but her mom said that she wasn’t allowed to talk to him. Even when Cal stopped by the school to try and talk to her she said that she wasn’t allowed to talk to him and walked away. Cal’s once close relationship with Lola was now back to ground zero.
As you now can see Cal has taken some very troublesome twists with love and he ended up with heartbreak after all he’s been through. After being part of the secret dating service, becoming friends with Lola, and having a short lived relationship with the girl of his dreams Cal is still back in the same place he began.