Eddie, is a sophomore in high school, who has to move out of the suburbs into Boston when his mom enters rehab. He has to deal with not only his problems at home, but with entering a new school, and making friends. His cousin, Alex, is also a central part of this book and provides a look at intelligent, yet underachieving students. The issues that are dealt with in this novel are problems that more students deal with than perhaps we often consider, and they are dealt with in a non-threatening or “preaching” manner. I think that this book would be best for students in at least 8th grade and up to 10th. It is not a challenging book to read, but it deals with issues that are important and could provide fodder for great discussions.
VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers