Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky, some pet fish, and two moms who think he’s the greatest kid ever. And he happens to think he has the greatest Moms ever, but everything changes when his birth mom and her wife, Jo, start to have marital problems. Suddenly, Nick is in the middle, and instead of having two Moms to turn to for advice, he has no one.
Nick’s emotional struggle to redefine his relationships with his parents will remind readers that a family’s love can survive even the most.
- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316067105
- ISBN-13: 978-0316067102
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Nicholas Nathaniel Thomas Tyler has four first names and two mothers.As the only child in his class with gay parents, he endures the taunts and prejudices of classmates and adults over the years as best he can, drawing reassurance and strength from his parents. Challenges nearly overwhelm him, though, when their relationship ends; Jo moves out, and Nick, now a teenager, is left with Erin, his birth mother. Peters captures the voice of an adolescent sorting through the memories of his childhood in poignant prose that rings with truth. As Nick develops from a boy to a young man, he must address his own sexuality, his ties to his family, and his need to assert his individuality. This novel is a timely exploration of the struggles faced by same-sex couples and their children, and while the issues are significant, the story is never overwhelmed by them. Because Jo lacks biological or legal relationship to Nick, he can be cut off from her with no recourse, which makes his experience slightly different from that of other children of divorcing parents. This coming-of-age novel powerfully portrays the universal pain of a family breakup. It also portrays what is still a weird situation to many people (as reflected in the behavior of Nick’s babysitter) as totally normal from one young man’s point of view.-Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, North Hollywood
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Gr. 8-11. Fourteen-year-old Nick has two moms who couldn’t be more different. His biological mother, Mom, is dependable and careful; Jo, Mom’s partner, is irresponsible and impulsive. Nick tells their story in vignettes, including little things, such as the teasing he gets at school, as well as big things, such as Mom’s cancer and Jo’s alcoholism. Eventually these vignettes turn into a divorce story: Mom finds a new partner; Jo, who has no rights to Nick, struggles on her own; and Nick breaks down after Mom refuses to allow him to see Jo, with whom he wants to live. Nick’s incapacitating depression and Mom’s refusal to acknowledge it drag on far too long, turning into turgid melodrama. Yet Peters deftly depicts Nick’s relationship with his moms and theirs with each other, and the story stays rooted in Nick’s sensitive but limited perspective. A novel that will spark discussion. Krista Hutley
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A novel that will spark discussion BOOKLIST Poignant prose that rings with truth…This coming-of-age novel powerfully portrays the universal pain of a family breakup School LIBRARY JOURNAL
About the Author
Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author of Define “Normal,” Keeping You a Secret, Far from Xanadu, and Luna, a National Book Award Finalist.