Overall the book was very good.It relates to a topic that is very real to me and to my classmates.The one thing that I disliked throughout the entire book was the way that these kids talked.
You could tell that a teacher wrote this book because she tried to replicate the speech of her students.However, she fell short in her attempt.The language that this story used, such as "live game man," and "you be flyin with the hoops man," are perfect examples of an adult trying to act like she knows how kids talk.I play varsity basketball just like these kids do and I have never heard anyone on any team say something like "you fulla mess.
"For conversation in the book the author should have asked one of her students how they would say a certain thing. Once I got past the language I liked everything else.The conflict in the book was something that I could really relate to and I know my peers could as well.Depression is a topic that anyone in high school could talk to you about.Whethertheir friend, someone they know, of they themselves has suffered from depression, almost everyone in high school could relate to this subject.
I appreciated what this kid was going thougha little more than others that have read it because just two years ago my older brother lost his best friend in an automoblie accident.Although the crash was not my brother's fault I knew what Andy was going through because I had seen my brother go through many of the same things.I know my brother doesn't like to talk about his friend anymore but this book made me wonder just how much the death of his friend affected my brother.This book made me just sit down and thank God that my brother didn't take the same road that Andy took. I felt that I could relate to the characters in the book as well.These characters didn't have extremely unusual problems like I have read about in other books.They face the same.