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Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and earn what his dad isn t (money): He needs a job. It s there that he reunites with Jordyn, his childhood best friend, and now the token goth girl at school. Jordyn brings Tyler an unexpected peace and, finally, love. But with his family in shambles, he can t risk bringing Jordyn too deeply into his life. So when violence rocks Tyler s world again, will it be Jordyn who shows him the way to a hopeful future? Or after everything, will Tyler have to find it in himself?
This tough, realistic page-turner reveals a boy's point of view on loss and love perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell, Tim Tharp, Julia Hoban, Carrie Mesrobian, and Mindi Scott."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-18
- Reviewer: Staff
For a while, Tyler Blackwell had it all: great grades, a cheerleader girlfriend, football stardom, and a probable scholarship. But after his mother kills herself, he quits football, alienates his girlfriend, and spends most of his time dodging his brutally abusive father. Guilt-ridden and broke (his father cuts off all support), Tyler is ghosting his way through senior year when he gets a job at a photography studio. There he realizes that a coworker he had dismissed as a goth loser is actually his childhood friend Jordyn. Their relationship changes Tyler’s life: he can be honest with Jordyn, she urges him not to give up on football or the scholarship, and her parents provide a model of family affection. By the end of the school year, Tyler’s life is back together; if it’s all a little too good to be true, given the tragedy Tyler has endured, readers won’t begrudge him a happier future. Believable dialogue and emotions—especially Tyler’s simmering rage at the outset of the novel—make this a solid first showing. Ages 14–up. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency. (Aug.)■