Trent is probably one of the most annoying, most self-centered characters I've read in awhile. His whining and temper tantrums are incredibly ridiculous. However, this IS the point of the story. This tween boy has a lot on his plate, and life isn't getting easier. The growth of this character is evident, and the author does a wonderful job improving on Trent's attitude and character. This story of redemption, acceptance, and friendship is so engaging--and Trent's teacher is by far the greatest character of this story.
12 years old Trent's temper can get up very high. He has the wit to yell back to his father. Trent's father hates him the most out of Trent's older and younger brothers. Trent has divorced parents, has a stepmother and sister, too.
Trent thought what could be worse than middle school and it ends up a lot of things could be worse than that. Less than a year before middle school, Trent hit Jared Richards in the chest with a hockey puck ( on accident ). This made Jared have a bad heart. Also, a few days before school, he found a girl named Fallon Little defending him in front of a big bully named Jeremiah Jacobson and with his other buddies that are also bullies. Trent has some hard times during middle school, but the main part is when Fallon's parent's, Trent's best and only friend's parents, stops Fallon from being Trent's friend. They think he can get Fallon to big trouble because of his uncontrolled temper, but a single dinner with Mr. Little this helps Trent win Fallon's parents' trust in him and ends up being Fallon's friend again.
This book was interesting, but I think there should be more adventure in it.
12-year-old Trent is trying--and failing--to keep from self-destructing. Guilt and fear from an unfortunate incident are manifesting as anger, and he's gradually lashing out at everyone in his life. There's a chance a few of his relationships might survive his explosive implosion, but only a chance.
A nuanced, deep, and engaging character study that is fascinating and entertaining.
A young boy works through the grief he suffers at accidently causing the death of a friend.
Trent's voice is strong, and his thoughts and reactions are believable. But I don't think I'm the right reader for this one, because I just kept thinking about how terrible Trent's parents are--that if your son had accidentally hit another boy in the head with a hockey puck, and that boy had died, that most parents with half a clue would've had their son in counseling. But not these parents, because of they had gotten him help, half of the conflict in the book wouldn't have happened. Parts of the book are touching, and I enjoyed Trent--but he also felt like a construction sometimes, instead of a real boy.
What a great book. You really feel Trent's pain and a sadness. I think that this is a better read for the older middle grade audience du the fact that the book is so sad. Not that is a dis against the book or anything.
violet_baboon_288 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 16
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