Michael Flynn’s life has become pretty atypical for a high school student. Due to his mother’s hoarding problem, he has lived in his car for the past few months. And then there was an incident involving his now former best friend that went sideways, so he has to work off community service in the summer at his high school. That he was expelled from. And where he has to repeat his senior year.
While cleaning out lockers with Earl, the cantankerous custodian, he learns that he isn’t the only one who has to scrape gum and fix leaking toilets this summer at Rooster High. Mysterious Shelly is his fellow detainee, but she’s not very forthcoming with the reason she is there. They immediately form a bond, each one well aware that though there is a lot more their stories, they’ve got all summer to tell them.
Michael can’t fix his mother, but maybe if he knew more about her past, that would at least give him some idea of what she’s struggling with – and who his father is. He’s always felt like he was missing something, so when he finds his mother’s high school journal, he hopes he can find out the truth.
Ripped from today’s headlines!
I’ve always wanted to say that. And while it’s true, this story is low-key, non-sensational and real. it’s people with real problems letting down their guard and discovering that sometimes you need to let people help you – and that’s OK.
Now I need to read some Neruda.
Breakfast with Neruda by Laura Moe was published May 16, 2016 by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher and the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Realistic Contemporary Fiction Romance
Ages: 13 and up