The book that changed my life was incidentally the one that got me into reading. A young adult fiction story about self discovery and dealing with unexpected tragedy, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick was an eye-opener for me.
Sonnenblick tells the story of a 13 year-old boy named Steven, how he coped with high school and the sudden news that his 5 year-old brother had cancer. It follows Steven’s daily battle with school, girls, and his family, and how his brother’s illness affected the way he dealt with these different aspects of his life.
What makes this offering by Sonnenblick stand out from other young adult novels is that it doesn’t merely tackle the more typical teenage conflicts such as peer pressure and fitting in, finding one’s passion, and craving attention. It gives a look into a teen’s journey of self discovery, but affected by the struggle to keep his family together, all while he copes with the everyday realities of being a kid such as academics and the social landscape of school.
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie is a great read, a straightforward depiction of dealing with cancer that Sonnenblick colors with honesty and realism.
By Kristine dela Fuente