Author: Dana Reinhardt
Publish Date: July 10, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Plot (from Goodreads):
Drew's a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom's cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew's days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he's there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life.
Why I Read this Book: I checked out this book from the library.
This was a great coming of age novel about a girl who is trying to find where she fits in. It is a clean novel, perfect for all ages. The plot progression was a little slow, but this may have helped to build suspense. This novel is different than a lot of contemporary novels that I have read because the main character is only 13 and Drew is a very unique contemporary character. She strives to fit in and to survive a summer without her friends. This is a great novel! Perfect for a summer read!
Recommended Reading Age: Any Age
Overall Rating: 4/5