What It Is About: This is a bit hard to summarize, but I'll give it a shot. Tom is a sophomore in high school. He is described as a dork, actually a king dork. Tom doesn't have many friends, but a few other "dorks". He loves music and he and his buddies continually try to create a band with the coolest band name. Tom comes across a copy of his dad's copy of Catcher in the Rye with a mysterious message inside of it. His father died, but the way he died as remained a mystery. After finding the book and the message, Tom begins a quest to find out what really happened to his father. During this time he goes to see a therapist, tries to find the love of his life, and win the ultimate band contest.
What I Thought Of It: This story was kind of all over the place. I found it hard to follow on audio. There was so much going on that I couldn't really keep track of everything. I would enjoy parts of the story, but then other parts were not that interesting to me. There were times when I was going to "abandon" the book, but I stuck with it until the very bizarre ending. I didn't love this young adult novel as much as I have with other books, but I could see high school readers really getting into this story.
Who Should Read It: This is definitely a story for high school readers. I could see them relating to many of the different topics and themes that are covered throughout the book. If the reader is a music lover, then I think they would also be drawn to the story of Tom and his sophomore year in high school.
Rating: 3 STARS out of 5 Stars