Trouble with Girls : Parker Hayes is trying to become a man. He's twelve going on thirteen when we first meet him at a Little League baseball game. Playing right field, he's in position and praying a fly ball won't come his way. It's a scene that nicely sets the theme of his journey to manhood - he's ready, but he's terrified. Parker's progress through middle-class life - high school, college, grad school, sales job in Atlanta at the millennium (a club-crawling, urban minefield of singlehood and dating) - leads him to a lot of alarmingly seductive women who, more often than not, chew him up and spit him out. He hardly wants to admit it, but he has trouble with girls. But there's one who doesn't spit him out - Rachel. In fact, she's the only one he tries to dump. Sort of. He suggests seeing her only on an informal, "between things" basis, keeping - as far as sex goes - the options open. Trouble with Girls lays bare a Generation-X Lothario whose healthy dose of self-doubt keeps him honest.