About the Book
At this time in his life Zinkoff sees no difference between the stars in the sky and the stars in his mother's plastic Baggie. He believes that stars fall from the sky sometimes, and that his mother goes around collecting them like acorns. He believes she has to use heavy gloves and dark sunglasses because the fallen stars are so hot and shiny. She puts them in the freezer for forty-five minutes, and when they come out they are flat and silver and sticky on the back and ready for his shirts.
This book is about a kid who is different. He isn't able to keep up with his peers physically or academically. Often times he's put in situations that the reader recognizes as being negative, but Zinkoff himself doesn't notice the issues (such as being bullied by an older student). I found this to be incredibly frustrating, wishing I could be there to help him out. As a child I often stood up for kids who were being bullied for whatever reason, or found a way to include the ones who were often times left out of things. And I still have that desire to protect and help people around me.
There are multiple times in the story where I had the feels. Especially toward the end when a certain thing happens. And someone, and I'm not naming names, started having these wet things in their eyes.
The narration is a bit different than what I'm used to. It's third person, but also kind of first person. It's weird to explain. It's basically someone else explaining Zinkoff's thoughts, but telling them through his voice. It's not distracting or anything to the story. It just stood out for me because I don't believe I've read anything else like that.
I enjoyed it and I totally recommend it.