Fiction. "REGIONRAT is essentially a tale of friendships, relationships, parties, drugs, and death, that takes place in the first three or four months of 1995. Such material could have easily been mangled by a lesser author--it could have descended into a dry memoir, a vapid and uninteresting story of self-indulgence, or it could have simply been boring. After all, how many novels about high school does there need to be? Thankfully Laskowski sidesteps all of these pitfalls"--Tim Miller.