Stewart and his father are moving in with Ashley and her mother. Ashley is a stylish, shallow girl and Stewart enjoys Mathletes and scientific theories. Stewart is still trying to process the death of his mother, and Ashley can't even with Stewart's Stewart-ness. Chapters alternate between the main characters' viewpoints.
Geek plus cool student isn't exactly a new idea, but this author's voice is noticeably honest: she finds truth between crevices you hadn't examined carefully enough.
Each character manages to be distinctly interesting and even sympathetic, although each is guaranteed to make you cringe more than a little. It's a book that's worth the trip.
"So, say a carbon atom is part of a molecule in a person's leg. When that person dies, that atom could become a part of a molecule in something else, like a blooming flower, or even another human being . . . I think it's kind of beautiful. Everything, and everyone, is interconnected."
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