Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie #2. Author: Jordan Sonnenblick.
Jeffrey isn’t a little boy with cancer anymore. He’s a teen who’s in remission, but life still feels fragile. The aftereffects of treatment have left Jeffrey with an inability to be a great student or to walk without limping. His parents still worry about him. His older brother, Steven, lost it and took off to Africa to be in a drumming circle and “find himself.” Jeffrey has a little soul searching to do, too, which begins with his escalating anger at Steven, an old friend who is keeping something secret, and a girl who is way out of his league but who thinks he’s cute.
Eh. The subjects were YA but the writing style felt aimed toward middle grade, a characteristic I’m beginning to associate with this author. Also, I didn’t find out this was a sequel until after I read it, which may explain why I didn’t get it very well.
Sexual content: Some implied kissing, off screen. Two friends, boys, seem to make a running joke of talking about dating each other’s mothers. (Yeah, I didn’t get it either.) Multiple instances of a boy admiring a girl’s figure or legs.
Language: 4 heck, 3 scatological terms, 3 exclamations of God, and 2 d***