Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 4, 2018
There are two sides to every story.
Alex's OCD is so severe that some days it is difficult for him to even leave his house. His classmate Dan is so angry that he lashes out at the easiest target he can find at school-Alex. When their moms arrange for the two classmates to spend time together over winter break, it seems like a recipe for certain disaster...until it isn't.
Once forced together these two sworn enemies discover that there is much more to each of them than they ever knew. Alex is so much more than his condition, and Dan is more than just an angry bully.
Before I begin my review I quickly have to thank HBG Canada for sending me a copy of this book for my review today.
This is the second book I have read my Stewart Foster. The first one was Bubble and you can click on the title to read that review.
One of the main character is Alex. I want to say he is your typical teenage boy but he is not. He struggles with his OCD on a daily basis. Every day is a struggle for Alex and no one completely understands his struggle and is viewed as that weird kid. He is trying his best to make things easier but its hard and this makes him the perfect target to be bullied. These bullies make Alex’s life a living hell and a few times he was on the verge of speaking up but would back down in the end from pressure.
The other main character is Dan, who is almost your typical teenage boy. In the beginning I admit I really didn’t like him and bullying really bothers me because I don’t think anyone should be bullied. As the story progresses you begin to understand Dan more and tend to sympathize with him. Dan’s older brother and basically best friend is sent away leaving Dan alone and frustrated. Being unable to cope with all that is going on its easier to take it out on someone else and as the story progresses Dan begins to change his way of thinking when the shoe is on the other foot for someone he knows and loves. But will he change?
What will happen when two oblivious mother’s get involved thinking they are doing whats best for their son’s not knowing what is really going on when an adult is not around?
This is told in alternating points of view of Alex and Dan.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.