Gabe Johnson Takes Over
As with his author's Stupid Fast, the angst of a teen boy is shown in all its glory. Gabe has problems to deal with, and finally realizes there are better ways to do this than overeating and being difficult. His friends come and go. There's romance, the best literary grandpa EVER, and a social agenda that many of us can get solidly behind. This is pitch perfect for the single mindedness that characterizes teens.. for thirty seconds, before they move on to the next thing. Or not. I adore everything that Herbach has written.
I do VERY much appreciate that the language is cleaned up-- no f-bombs. I also thought the supportive language arts teacher (who has excellent advice) was possibly a nice tribute to Mr. Herbach's mother. Definitely a great gift for the misunderstood band geek in your life!