A fifteen-year-old boy from an abusive home desperately seeking his older brother's love and approval starts pushing drugs for him and suffers the consequences.Really interesting premise. James, in an effort to gain attention and approval from his older brother, finds himself taking the fall for him instead. Even winding up in juvie because his brother abandoned him.
The story is really interesting, a provides a better understanding of what life "inside" is and can be like in a facility like this one. By no means do I think I "get it," but I can see some of the good and the bad in this story.
I think this will make an excellent book for a reluctant reader, or an all boy book club for discussion. James is committed to maintaining his inner self--a good, good guy--while still keeping himself "strong" in the eyes of his companions. It's a delicate balance, and one that his positive mentors see in him.
James is a reader, something you don't quite expect in this situation. And not only that, he reads literature, not just junk stuff. He is a deep thinker, and finds a connection with Jack London's writing, while sitting in a juvenile detention facility.
Ultimately, it's all about the choices you make, and James not only learns this but teaches it as well.