The novel begins with Keir arguing with Gigi about the events which occurred the night before. It continues with Kier's first-person narration of his senior year in high school. Keir is crushed when he learns that Gigi has accused him of date rape. He goes on to tell Gigi that he loves her, and would never do such a thing. One of Kier's main problems is his home life. His father treats him more like a friend than a son. The big question throughout the novel is could a self-proclaimed "good guy" be capable of such a heinous act? Keir goes over the events of his senior year that led to this night, and how this could have happened. The novel never mentions Gigi's point of view, so her feelings and thoughts are not taken into consideration through the use of dialogue.
As the novel unfolds, Keir becomes more unpopular because of his substance abuse, school behavior, and his infamous tackle on the football field giving him the nickname "Killer." Kier's self-image dissipates after he accidentally paralyzes a teammate, participates in bullying classmantes, and then tries cocaine. First, he leans on Gigi because she listersens to him and doesn't judge him. Once he learns about Gigi and her new boyfriend, he is angry and leans on his two sisters, Fran and Mary. Kier's older sisters have mixed feelings about his behavior. He leans on Fran the most because she sees the "good" in Keir despite his terrible actions.
One night close to graduation, after a night of partying and substance abuse, Gigi decides to accompany Kier on a visit to Fran's college and they end up in her dorm room alone. In addition to all of this, Gigi tells Kier that her boyfriend has recently ended things, and she is lonely. She tells Kier to come sleep in the bed next to her because she is crying and wants support. Then, the setting reverts back to the opening with the two arguing about what happened while they were sleeping next to each other.
Booklist Editors' Choice - Books for Youth (Older Readers Category), 2005
National Book Awards Finalist for Young Peoples Literature, 2005
School Libray Journal's Best Books, 2005
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
Booklist, September 15, 2005, p. 55 (Starred Review)
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