This is an amazing realistic fiction novel with real, meaningful events. It tells the story of a boy who lives in the US and goes to visit his family in the Philippines. While there he secretly investigates the death of his cousin. While he is investigating, he faces the very real truths about the state of life in the Philippines. He uncovers some ugly truths that he has to decide how to deal with.
This book was fantastic! I cannot say anything negative about this book! Even some of the more "edgy" elements of the story are handled so incredibly well. It gives you a good look at real world issues without just giving you a bunch of facts. I loved the mystery behind it all as well as the meaning. I enjoyed learning about the issues in Philippines as well. It was an enlightening as well as entertaining read. I have suggested it to so many people and they have all loved it as well!