Blake is dating Shannon. It’s a fairly new relationship–they only started dating over the summer–and Blake is still figuring everything out. BF/GF is scary (and exciting!) new territory for both of them. Blake is also an aspiring comedian. Every time he makes someone laugh, he gives himself a point. Luckily Shannon seems to appreciate his humor.
When Blake turns in a picture of a passed-out woman with a snake tattoo for photography class, everything changes. His classmate Marissa unexpectedly recognizes the woman as her mother, and demands to know exactly where and when Blake took the picture. As Marissa tries to track down her wayward mother, her relationship with Blake changes, and they become really good friends. This causes occasional difficulties with Shannon, but Blake usually manages to mollify her.
Until things reach a breaking point, and Blake has to decide which girl in his life is more important: the one who loves him, or the one who needs him. Because he can’t have both.
It’s about relationships, and how quickly they can change; it’s about friendship, and how important it is; it’s about family and friends, and school and life. I absolutely loved it. I want to go back to high school and be friends with Blake–no, really. It’s that good. I love how he and his family interact, I love how his relationships with Shannon and Marissa change over time, I love his dorky, authentic voice. I love the whole shebang! The ending broke my heart into a thousand pieces, but in the very best way. A worthy winner of the Morris Award. I’ll be talking this one up at the library, make no mistake.
Source: borrowed from library, but I’ll be buying it
(ETA correction for a mistake I made regarding the Morris Award. D’oh!)