From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10–Fisher Brown is a typical overachiever, stressed out about his grades and his future. His compulsive father, who happens to be his guidance counselor, leaves index cards with pointers around his room, such as, read above and below target area. When the 16-year-old encounters Lonny Traynor lounging on a discarded sofa in the street, he wonders why he can't live the easy life, too. Lonny delights him with stories of dropping out of school, getting tattoos, and traveling the world. When he invites Fish to join him in doing a roofing job for a friend over the weekend, the teen sees an opportunity for adventure, and they hop on a Greyhound bus. The friend turns out to be the mother of Lonny's son, Charlie. Fish finds himself helping her make ends meet, fixing up the house, and being a role model for the child. He stays longer than planned, but needs to get back to school before he's in trouble. Despite his disappointment in Lonny's character, Fish learns to do the right thing and to help his new friends in need. He sets a good example for students who can get so stressed about school that they forget that other people have problems, too. Fellow overachievers will relate to Fisher's drive to help his new friends, and will be satisfied when he finds a way to work out his own problems as well. A short, satisfying lesson in caring.–Jane Cronkhite, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
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"Readers will empathize with the engaging young man who, without a guidebook, sorts through life's real questions." --Kirkus Reviews
"A short, satisfying lesson in caring." --School Library Journal
"Fogelin delivers another smart tale...Fisher's delightfully telegraphed epiphanies, the funny, harrowing road trip, and a satisfying showdown with Dad yield a novel that may well appeal to teens of both sexes." --Publishers Weekly
"This amazing title is a perfect 'guy book', and should be required reading for every teen, male or female, who feels the weight of a parent's expectations but cannot quite figure out what to do about it." --VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)