TITLE: All the Answers But One
GENRE: Contemporary YA
It’s not always easy to be the perfect child. Not that it’s a bad role to play in the family. For the most part, I’d say my parents are unaware of what’s going on in my life, and I believe I thrive on the independence that affords me. Translation? I get away with a lot. Or I could if I weren’t the type to worry that it would upset my already uptight parents.
And even though I don’t get the pity gifts that my eleven-year-old brother Joe does—like his new sound system, and his bedroom, which is larger than mine and comes with his own bathroom—they definitely appreciate that I don’t add to their tensions.
Joe’s lawsuit has taken up residence in our home, becoming like a second sibling, demanding my parents’ attention. This is fortunate for me because I have enough on my plate with my friends and their issues. I’m not sure how it happened exactly, but somewhere along the line I became my group’s designated problem solver. My best friend Lissa teases me about having magical intuition, but I think it’s just that I pay attention. Practice has taught me that you can tell a lot more about a person from their body language and facial expressions than from what they say.
That’s why I know that Lissa isn’t as laid-back as she pretends when she mentions that her father hasn’t called her yet to find out how the new school year is going.