Teenager Griffin develops a strong romantic bond with Theo and suffers from jealously and longing when Theo moves to California and starts a relationships with Jackson. When Theo drowns, Griffin is grief-stricken and has to deal with the powerful emotions he experiences while also dealing with emerging feelings for, and relationships with, his friend Wade and Jackson. Covering a three-year period of Griffin’s life, the novel recounts the emotional conflicts he experiences as he navigates love, death, mourning, guilt, and loss, and gives readers insight into complex, emotional situations involving trust and empathy. Useful for a whole class or literature circle novel for grades 11-12. Log in to read the full review.