clues and piece together what is going on in Matt's life. That's what really gripped me and pulled me in the most. As a writer, I recognize how Kokie did a fantastic job of pulling the reader into the story by putting us right into an emotional situation, giving hints of Matt's life, like his friend, Shauna, his dad, his brother, other students in the school. I love where the story goes from there. We get to read more about Matt and the relationship he had with his brother and what he discovers about his brother through looking into his personal effects. I'm still in awe at how well Kokie brings Matt and the other characters to life. He so expertly uses Matt's inner dialogue to balance and bring Matt's personality to life. I just love this kid!
It is hard for me to sit here and share with you the emotions you feel as you read this book. You'll feel anger, sadness, sorrow, grief, but also an underlined joy at the end. Kokie has captured these emotions in a book and throws them at you throughout.
My only criticism is Matt's parents. Their inclusion seemed hollow and stereotypical and I wish I understood them more. It is such a source for so much that runs Matt that I wish there was more of a back story (prequel?).
This book will be a great book for discussions and deals with some heavy issues that are never more relevant than they are today.