This short novel is packed with interesting characters and a great big story. Hailey, Cyrus, and their parents struggle so individually that they almost lose the ability to struggle as a family unit. Hailey's strength seems remarkable for her 16 years but of course it is inevitable that she can't carry the weight of everyone's problems. When she finally accepts her vulnerability, her family has the opportunity to step up and step together. The story is tragic, brutally realistic, and strangely hopeful. I am a new Chris Tusa fan.