I can't wait to give this book to the high school seniors I'm about to teach. I hope they devour it, hand it off, devour it, hand it off. I cried straight through the final chunk of pages. The three seniors—Sal, Sam, and Fito—are beautifully drawn. A lot of bad shit happens to them, and sometimes it even starts to feel like too much, but the language of Sal's narration and the beauty of this chosen family save it. This novel helped teach me how to "whistle in the dark," and I hope it'll help you, too.