Evan's dad's job requires him to move a lot, so Evan's always been the new guy at school. When he's sent to a boarding school in North Carolina, however, he is attacked in the shower and nearly dies. Later, he and his dad move to the middle of nowhere, Minnesota, so that Evan can heal.
I didn't really like this book. First, there wasn't much of a plot. Second, the ending wasn't really an ending. Third, too much of the book was ambiguous. For example, it's hinted at that Evan's ... girlfriend is probably too strong a word ... is gang-raped right after he's beaten nearly to death, but it's never stated specifically. And the reader never finds out what Evan's planning to do after the end of the story, either. And he doesn't realize much about himself while he's in Minnesota, so there's not much resolution to this story. Add that to the graphic violence, prodigious profanity, numerous instances of teen drug and alcohol use, and the graphic sex scenes, and I just don't see what the fuss is all about. This book will NOT be added to my middle school library's collection, and I will be recommending other books to my students.
Recommended for: older young adults
Red Flags: sex, violence, lots of profanity (on practically every page), drug use, alcohol use
Overall Rating: 2/5 stars