I grabbed this off the shelf at the local library as an audiobook, and because I have an interest in goats and am plotting out a young-adult novel. However, the book has nothing to do with goats. I was surprised by its bluntness and honesty and thought, "This is how kids really think, and not the way adults would like them to think." Which is why young-adult books sometimes are lousy, because they are written to placate and reassure adults. But teens are much harder to fool than adults.
Then I discovered it has actually been on the "banned books" list. I can understand why honesty would upset some people--the same kind of people that don't want to see those behavioral-health surveys that show what the kids are really up to. This book is 20 years old but still feels fresh. It's worth a read.
Author of seven novels, including THEY HUNGER and THE RED CHURCH. Comics in development include DIRT, Dreamboat, The Gorge, Murdermouth, Grave Conditions and The Red Church, as well as the kid's comic Little Shivers. More at www.hauntedcomputer.com.