Relatable and Moving Contemporary YA

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This was a pretty solid contemporary young adult story. At least for me personally, parts of this book seemed really relatable. Being young and told you have so much potential and have your life ahead of (especially being a big fish in a small pond). Then as you get older you find that there are lots of other smart people with potential and great lives ahead of them too. The losing his father in Iraq was another aspect that could be relatable to many people (thankfully not me personally). And really just the sad and feeling stuck and looking for a way to a happier life is something that honestly I would think any person could relate to.
The story didn't always move along as quickly as I would have liked it to, but this was still a solid read and worth checking out.