This beautiful book is written in the voice of Joseph, a high school boy. When the novel opens, Joseph is living in a homeless shelter with his mother who has multiple addictions. It’s shocking to Joseph that he and his mother have fallen so low, but at least the shelter is near a good high school. At school, Joseph finds supportive adults, a few new friends, and a chance to show his talent on the tennis court. Joseph’s parents are divorced, and his father is in service in Iraq. His father does what he can to help, and an aunt offers him a home, but Joseph wants to stay by his mother’s side to save her from her worst impulses. As the novel progresses, Joseph finds his way to a better life.
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