The story attempted to tackle multiple subjects. Dyslexia, teenage suicide, cancer and death. It doesn't do a very good job at portraying any of it. The emotional depth is not there.
Trudy, the main character is rather self-absorbed and shallow. She has a terminally ill sister who stays in a hospital twenty miles away, yet only visits her for a brief time on Saturday mornings. She can't seem, or even attempt, to try and understand situations from other people's point of view. Not her mother, who is about to lose her youngest daughter. Not for her father, who uprooted his family and is dealing with a sick daughter, a suicidal daughter, medical bills and keeping the family afloat. And certainly not the boy she's too cowardly to confront about a conversation she overheard but is all to willing to jump on the bandwagon (pun intended) regarding a plan to hurt the boy put forth by a girl she just met. Seriously, who goes to, or cares about, Homecoming when their sister just died the day before?
All in all, Trudy would have been and interesting character if she had been fully developed and fleshed out more. Same goes for the storyline. The story started with a bet and we don't even find out how the boys resolve the issue, especially after what Gabe did.
- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (11 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 109015903X
- ISBN-13: 978-1090159038
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
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