Jeffrey is a cancer survivor, but he is also your typical 8th grade boy. He has problems with homework and parents and girls. His best friend is also a cancer survivor and he and Tad bond over the after effects of their disease and treatment. Neither came away normal. Jeff walks with a limp and has problems remembering stuff. Tad is in a wheelchair. Jeff has a lot going on this year. A new girl has moved to town and she is totally HOT and Jeff really likes her. There are new standardize tests that decide if a student graduates 8th grade and Jeff is hopeless at tests and math. His brother, who he really depends on, ran away to play drums in Africa. And Tad is hiding something from him.
This is a book that will tug at your heartstrings, but also make you laugh. I loved the sarcastic interplay between Jeff and Tad; it seemed perfect. Do I think 8th grade boys really talk like that? Not really. Tad especially has some zingers that I don’t think a real 8th grader would say, but they are perfect for the book. I really enjoyed the adults in this book as well. They seemed very realistic in how they dealt with a lot of the situations. Jeff’s parents especially are well-written. I just might have to check out the previous book about these characters.