Seamus exists on the fringe of his family, his school, his eligion, and he never really feels as if he belongs or is wanted or loved by someon.
On the 85-A bus, Seamus finds himself intensely drawn to Colby, a young Punk who boards the bus with several friends.
The write does a delightful job of making this fantasy painfully real in Seamus ’ mind and heart though it has no existence in real life.Though I wanted to wash his mouth out with soap before the beginnin of the nex chapter, I cared about Seamus and hoped everything would turn out well for him in the nd, though I expected that the world would, indeed, break his young, Irish heart.
I don ’ t want to put spoilers here so that ’ s as much as I will say about the story except to add that near the end something happens that had me in tears of grief and anger.I had two minor quibbles when I reached the end.
One is that the daughter, brothers, and school officials—basically everyone in Seamus ’ world except for Tressa—is a one-dimensional stereotype: completely homophobic, hateful, and merciless.
In short, I did not like Dr. Strykeroth.I thought Seamus and Tressa were wonderful characters and I hope the author follows Seamus into a sequel.Anyone looking for an intelligent, well-written novel about a young rebel with a dream in a threatening world should read this.