Ellis may be falling apart around the edges. She's almost at the end of the school year, but who cares about sophomore year when your mom wants to discuss pulling the plug on Dad?
Perhaps the only way Ellis is keeping it together is by visiting her dad in the nursing home: holding his hand, telling him about her day, sitting next to him. He's certainly more supportive than her supposed best friend, Abby - who's having her own kind of drunken, slutty teenage crisis.
I loved this book. It's got a heavy theme, but is drawn with a light hand. By the end, Ellis is figuring out that when you loosen your grip, others will be there to take your hand. She's blocked out a lot of people (including her mother), but she's not as alone as she thinks.
(Also - this is not a "big gay book" as I was led to believe it might be. I absolutely loved the way that it's actually totally NOT a big deal of any importance really, in this book. I'm not even tagging this post for LGBTQ - so there.)