Posted by Lisa Schroeder on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
When I read this book, I fell head over heels in love with it. It made me laugh and it made me cry - my favorite kind of book.
Here's the description from Goodreads.com:
Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey.
But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.
Booklist gave it a starred review, saying "Sonneblick shows that even in the midst of tragedy, life goes on, love can flower, and the one thing you can always change is yourself."
If you read it, you must pick up the companion too, called After Ever After, told from Jeffrey's point of view many years after the first one took place.
A great couple of contemporary novels with a great voice and male characters, something we don't get enough of, in my opinion.