Trent is navigating his life of middle school, friendship and perceptions, and in the middle of it all, makes friends with a girl who has a different story every time about the origins of the scar on her face. Mostly, Trent is dealing with the accidental death of a boy in his small town which Trent thinks he caused. The characters are layered, the plot is interesting, and Lisa Graff lets us into Trent’s heart of hearts even when he himself doesn’t know exactly what’s there.
The book jacket says this is “a story of true friendship“, which it is, but it’s also a story of family and not always liking your dad and learning to deal with people without blowing up. The best part is the ending, where the story is wrapped up, yet some things are the same, just like real life.