Another blog site I used back then is shutting down, so I am moving my old reviews here.
This is a very good book which is told from the point of view of Michael, a former high school football star turned runaway. Michael’s mother married a much older, very successful lawyer who turned out to be abusive. Michael quits football to stay home and protect his mother, but his stepfather is too powerful for him. Unable to remain at home and watch his mother be beaten, Michael runs away with the carnival. Well, he is also encouraged by an older girl named Kirsten who works at the carnival and becomes his first love. Now Michael’s mother is in jail for murder, Kirsten has left the carnival for who knows where, and Michael has come back to Miami to try and help his mother. Will Michael be able to get his mother off the murder rap? Will he find Kirsten? Why did she leave? And is there something Michael is not telling about the killing?