I was surprised at the high quality of writing in this novel. It is far more literary than most young adult novels, and for the right students, this will be a book to remember. Readers will sympathize with Mac’s sense of displacement in the world and his desire to know truths about himself and his mother. His obsession with Carolyn Ware is realistic (albeit doomed from the start), and his heartbreak at her ultimate dismissal is palpable. In classic “coming-of-age” style, the character’s growth by the end of the novel leaves us with hope, both for the character and for all who have been touched by him.
Recommended for grades 11-12, college, adult.