by S. A. Bodeen
arc from Around the World Tours
No summary given: best you discover it for yourself. Don't even read the back of the book.
I was grabbed from the first page by the protagonist, Mason, raised by a single mother. At age five, he sees a videotape of his father, the same day his face is disfigured by a dog. He grows to be a large 15-year-old football player who protects the underdogs. Mason is encouraged by his biology teacher to apply for a special summer program. But his mother says, "NO!" From there, it becomes a high-speed romp through the book.
While reading, I kept thinking this would be a great movie. The author touches upon some serious issues in our society; I won't name those issues -- again, better you read for yourself.
The only disappointment I had was the epilogue, everything was wrapped up down pat in a paragraph or two, leaving me to wonder how did this happen?
Good Morning America names this as one of the Best Summer Reads.