Jay is a sound narrator whose inner growth throughout the story is heartfelt and realistic. He struggles with feeling disconnected from his Filipino culture and that side of his family, all while facing extreme grief over the death of his once close cousin. I appreciated how Jay builds a relationship with his other cousin and expands his world view to see how his actions affect the people around him.
As with many mysteries, when Jay digs into the circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death he discovers that there is more to people that it may seem at first. The novel does a good job discussing how people’s choices and situations don’t make them worth less as people. And it encourages readers to consider how laws and other regulations treat people who may be struggling with issues like drug addiction.
Plus I always love Michigan references!