The Milky Way depicts how teenage girls and boys approach each other, form groups, seek identity. The book is about a special mood, springing from a certain time in life, the period between being a child and an adult. It’s a time of longing for independence. A time full of dreams, expectations, and excitement over what might happen, and all the experiences that come along the way. It is also a time filled with abrupt shifts between euphoric joy and utter hopelessness, insecurity and confusion. The story really has no beginning or end: it goes in loops. Despite the portraits presented here, it is not, in fact, about these young people, but rather a phase—an age—that everyone must go through. It reminds us of a crucial time in our lives that we will never get back.