An absorbing novel about friendship, love, competing loyalties, and loss. From the opening line, Boog's first-person narrative sweeps readers into his story; an undercurrent of foreboding makes it almost impossible to put it down until the last page is turned. Boog and Theo are best friends and members of a high school blues band. But their relationship changes when Theo falls in love with Carey Harrigan, a strange new girl at school. Carey is a writer--she is sensitive, intelligent, and somehow vulnerable, too. Boog likes her, but can't quite figure her out, and he resents the hold she has on Theo. As she first proved in The T.V. Guidance Counselor (1993), LeMieux is a very good writer. Her multifaceted characters--major and minor---contradict themselves, get confused, and say things they don't really mean, just like real people. They care for each other, and readers care for them, and about what happens to them. LeMieux demonstrates a belief in the basic goodness of human nature; her arguments are persuasive, and the book is first rate.