Photo by Cory Docken

Kevin Fenton's Merit Badges follows four friends as they move from junior high to middle management. Meet Quint, whose rebellion frays into self-destruction; Slow, who struggles to become the world's first teenage father figure; Chimes, who fears losing his friends while picking up a 7-10 split; and Barb, who escapes the judgment of Minnisapa only to return by dark of night. You'll feel as if you've always lived in Minnisapa. And you'll never underestimate nice kids from the Midwest again.

Those 70s Songs: The Merit Badges/Large Hearted Boy Playlist: