You *knew* how it was going to end. Really. But it still hits you. Pro tip...when you *know* how a book is going to end, don't read the ending in a classroom full of 7th graders. That being said, even though you know the ending, Ness does a fantastic job of surprising you along the way. Conor is a believable young teen boy, his despair and raw grief haunting you when you dare step away from the book. You're angry with him, embarrassed with him, and often times angry AT him. I was hoping I was wrong about the end, but I'm glad I wasn't. It would have been a cop-out and Conor deserves better.

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