This was a good piece of young adult realistic fiction. Jason, a 14 year old, is left to take care of his mentally ill father after his mother dies from a stroke. Jason really tries to keep things together and hide how horribly things are at home because he does not want to be separated from his father. He is sent to a school support group and becomes friends with Pete, Shelby and Haze. He does not count on them being so willing to help him with his home situation, even if it is in ways that he does not understand at first as being helping him. I enjoyed this book and think it would appeal to both girls and boys. I gave it a 4.5/5.