What sets this apart, however, is the sometimes coarse but always realistic portrait of high-school life.Readers will find plenty that is familiar here, and they will appreciate the somewhat meandering plot that doesn’t tie up all the loose ends. --Todd Morning --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.She goes to Jesse's treatments since his mom can't be bothered. Jesse has given up and Sam must convince him to keep trying for both their sakes. It is extremely difficult for an adult to channel the inner feelings of teenagers in this case, but Castrovilla captures the mind and soul of a teenage girl dealing with the loss of the greatest friend she has ever had and the love of her young life.Jesse and Sam realize that they are in love and probably have been for a long time. Love, sex, and raw emotion come into play as Castrovilla sets the stage for a heartbreaking love story.Hazuka's first young adult novel realistically depicts one teen's struggle to prepare for the future without compromising the present.There are enough plot twists to keep readers guessing, and soccer fans will appreciate the author's obvious love of the game.High-school-junior Robby Fielder is constantly reminded by his parents that he doesn’t measure up to his older, football-star brother.Robby’s sport, much to his dad’s displeasure, is soccer.
Robby is forced to make decisions about where his loyalty really lies: putting the team first will help him to realize his dream of a soccer scholarship, but at what price?But then the world comes apart at the seams when Jesse is diagnosed with a form of cancer that most likely will kill him and is given maybe a year to live.Jesse cuts off everyone from his former life except Sam. She sleeps in his room because he is scared to die alone. He seems to be wasting away right in front of her and she is not about to let him go. Death is never an easy subject to relate to teenagers who believe that they are invincible.His parents are acting strange and his best friend isn’t acting himself either. I’d love to see this be nominated for the Printz this year. It is such a good metaphor for resisting all that adulthood brings with it–the thing that our beloved characters in will miss out on.
However, he's got to remain headstrong with some tough challenges.