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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gritty but powerful read about bullied teen.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 15+
Really great book! Author makes you feel as if your Tyler. Couldn't put the book down. Finished it in one day!
age 14+
this book is shamazing if you cant tell by name yawl its friken shamazing dawg i think yawl shaw read cuz its just that amazing you know what i am getting to but i would definatly recommend it to you to read(:=) twisted fan 10101

This title has:

Too much sex
Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (31):

At first, you'll think you've seen this before; but then you start to notice some intriguing differences. The dweeb is buff and has a police record, some of the adults actually seem to care, the siblings like each other, the little sister has a good head on her shoulders, and the teenaged main character has become an adult before he or any of the other characters have noticed. And it's not much longer before you're completely swept up into a story with powerful emotional resonance, in which the protagonist may actually see a light at the end of the tunnel before the reader does.

Author Laurie Anderson does a good job with her first try at getting inside the head of a boy and speaking in his voice. Everything rings true here, and Tyler has more than earned the sympathy of the reader long before he is pushed beyond what anyone should have to deal with. It's a terrific thing, and all too rare, to see a protagonist develop hard-won strength of character right before your eyes.

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