Summary (from Goodreads):
“Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he’s not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is.
If only Trent could make that fresh start happen.
It isn’t until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little—the girl with the mysterious scar across her face—that things begin to change. Because fresh starts aren’t always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to shift your position to find it.”
I had the best run of great books lately. I am a huge fan of Lisa Graff and she released two new books in May; this is the second and it’s probably my new favorite of hers.
After Trent accidentally killed a friend of his, he has become a completely different person. He blames himself—of course, right?—and his guilt and sadness have turned to anger. As a result, his relationships with his friends are nonexistent and his relationship with his dad has become incredibly strained. He still gets along with his mom and brothers, but the least thing can set him off.
Once he starts middle school, he accidentally makes a new friend—he didn’t mean for Fallon to become his friend, but it somehow happened anyway. And so now he has to find a way to both forgive himself and work through his anger before he completely wrecks that newfound friendship.
I love Lisa Graff’s books because they treat kids like people. It’s not like, “A horrible thing happened and Trent was sad for a while but then everything was magically okay.” Bad things happen sometimes and when they do, we don’t always react in the best way.