I devoured this book in one sitting. I was absolutely hooked from the first page and didn’t want to stop reading until I knew that Jason was going to be okay. I loved the Greek chorus of characters in Jason’s head. When they were all he had, they gave him remarkably good advice and kept him sane through all of the chaos. The author’s depiction of Jason’s mentally ill father was sensitive yet realistic, and their very complex relationship was explored thoroughly. All of the characters in this book were deliciously three-dimensional. Even the lunchtime therapy group and the foster family, which could have been given over to stereotypes, were well fleshed out and very real. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is definitely one of my all-time favorites: heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful.
Highly recommended for grades 9-12.