Kirsten’s parents are fighting. All the time. And she doesn’t know why.
Walk is African American. So he gets different treatment from teachers.
When Kirsten brings Walk home for her parents to meet, her parents act strangely. Her mum seems to dislike Walk, and persists in believing that Kirsten is dating him. Her Dad asks about his grades and scores, and seems as proud of Walk as of his own son.
Then Kirsten, sneaking upstairs with some crisps, hears her parents fighting. And she hears a secret about her and Walk. A secret that will change their life forever.
This book follows two teenage lives, and I found that Kirsten’s problem with eating (too much) was random and did not add anything to the book. However, the racism against Walk was cleverly insinuated, and the story twist was unsuspected and ended the book perfectly. There was mild bad language, and I would recommend this to any twelve-year-old and up.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!
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Great review! Thanks to a mutual friend and former student at my school, he gave me your link. I agree with you on Tree. Thank you!