Author: Robin Roe
Teen Reviewer: Se Choi
Adam Blake is a senior and helps Dr.Whitlock become friends with troubled students. When he is assigned to assist a boy named Julian, he remembers him as his foster brother from many years ago. At first, Adam sees Julian as a un-social and awkward kid. But after Adam invites Julian to spend time with his senior friends, Julian brightens up and enjoys spending time with him. Adam’s friends also enjoy it when Julian spends time with them, they support him and go to the plays he performs in. But Adam or his friends do not know what goes on inside Julian’s house. After his parents died in a car crash, Julian was sent to Adam’s house for a short while until his Uncle Russell lied to Adam’s family and made Julian live at his house. Julian was not allowed to watch TV, have a phone, or be social. He was constantly beat for little mistakes and was given old cloths. Russell used all the money Julian’s parents left for him for himself. After Russell found out about Julian’s friends, he was beat and put in a trunk for a long period of time. Adam worried about Julian being absent from school and went to his house when Russell wasn't there. Adam found Julian half dead in the trunk and rushed to the hospital. He looked over him and refused to leave his side. After Julian recovered, he was returned to Adam’s family.
The novel was amusing at some points and also moving in others. The two different perspectives throughout the book shows us in depth of how each main character feels about the world, others around them, and each other. These details give a realistic touch to the novel.