Stewart is thirteen but has a brain that can rival most adults that I know. - academically at least. Socially he's a nightmare and unable to connect on a meaningful basis with most people.
After his mother dies from cancer, he and his father move in with his father's new girlfriend and her fourteen year old daughter, Ashley.
Ashley is popular, trendy, has a gaggle of frenemies and doesn't care for school. Her father has recently come out as gay and moved out - to the guest house next door. She's ashamed at her father's identity and reeling from having a new family arrive.
Needless to say her and Stewart don't get along at all, making for some very uncomfortable nights at the dinner tables.
Even worse for her, because of Stewart's academic prowess. he's put in Ashley's classes. Stewart on the other hand, just wants to survive gym class, where he's tormented by the school jock, Jared. It doesn't help that Ashley has a massive crush on Jared and will do almost anything to get his attention.
I read this book in one setting, it's an easy, fun read with lots of humour and pleasant situations. That said, there are some very dark moments in the book as well which I won't spoil but would, in my opinion, make it a very interesting point of discussion for ages 14 and up.
There's a lot of life in this book, and I know a lot of students that will really enjoy reading it.
I recommend this book to ages 14 and up!