Dan is a high school boy struggling with a move, reversal of fortune, and self-imposed estrangement from his father. His mother alternates between depression and determination about her struggling wedding cake business, and Dan is trying hard not to notice the girl next door - and failing. He doesn't have the funds to maintain many activities with his friends, and life is just far more difficult than it was before.
In a sort of male Cinderella story, but with far more introspection and wit, Fiona Wood makes readers care about this protagonist who is struggling to keep it together.
"Anytime we go beyond talking about food, or what time I'm going to be home, we end up fighting and neither of us wants that. She needs some happy family illusion, and I just can't be bothered fighting."
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