He Was Sixteen — She Was Twenty
From the back:
Pershing Williams was sixteen when Rosella smiled at him. In his heart was youth’s magic delusion that life was beautiful. Most beautiful of all was red-lipped, voluptuous Rosella with her taunting smile. Slowly Pershing responded to her. Then, without warning, his youth was over, blighted by the tragic knowledge that beauty can be wicked. He was plunged defenseless into a sordid world that taught him shame and then condemned him.
“Day Into Night” is the powerful story of a boy who grew up too fast, a boy who learned to love before he had learned to live.