High school senior, Matt Nolan (a.k.a. “Mr. 60%”), flies below the radar, passing his classes with the minimum possible effort. He values school for the access it provides to customers for his drug dealing. Matt shares a trailer with his uncle Jack, a gruff but caring crackup stricken with terminal cancer. When Matt is forced to join a community service club or quit school, he joins the club, meets Amanda, and they develop a begrudging friendship while she helps him care for Jack.
Funny, tender, and touching, I loved reading this book. I felt for Matt and the many challenges he faces every day. Everyone has a story, and an outside observer, like Assistant Principal Gill, might just see Matt as a selfish jerk, when, in fact, he has sacrificed himself to care for his ailing uncle. Matt’s wants or needs actually come last on his list. Refreshing to read a YA book where the two main teen characters are male and female and aren’t involved in a budding romance. At the start, I enjoyed the witty banter between Matt, Jack, and Amanda; in the end I cared about these characters, their feelings, and their futures. I predict a bright future for this book, and I recommend it 100%.