This was an important book for me to read, and the only one of its genre I tried. I just hated it.
Good things: the characters themselves (aside from the bullies) felt extremely real, the funny bit with the gymnastics team at the lake, messy redemption, something of a happy ending, in the scenario given the book was completely believable.
Bad things: in the scenario given the book was completely believable. Horrible content that made me very surprised it was on the teen shelf at the library. Guess if the author is right and bullying is this bad IRL, it was a book that maybe needed to be there.
Diagnosis: 24 for teen boys, with all attendant warnings for parental preview and supervision and availability to talk it over when they’re done. Something I needed to read as a potential teacher: what to look for, how to help, what not to do in a suspected hardcore bullying situation. Something to remember on the hard days.