Published: 2013 by EgmontUSA
Read: July 2013
Trivia Tidbit: Cook & Halpin previously collaborated on Notes from the Blender
Full Disclosure: Advance Reading Copy from publisher via Netgalley
Justin and Emmy are placed in the same anger management class. All six students in the class are given a group task requiring them to work together and, in the tradition of all outsiders forced together, they become friends against the odds and in spite of themselves. Cynical and battle-scarred, the group push each other to face the brutal truths of their individual situations.
The two main characters are interesting and multi-layered, and the alternating viewpoints give the reader a broader perspective than a single person narrator. This is important when the narrator's perception of their own situation is unreliable. Their journey together takes some predictable turns, but the characters’ dark humour and sentimentality-free moments of self-realisation keep the story engaging.