Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Review by Teresa Schmidt, Mercer librarian
Steven Alper is a typical 13-year-old boy: obsessed with the most beautiful girl in school, annoyed by his 5-year-old brother, Jeffrey, and more interested in playing drums in the All City Jazz Band than in homework. But his uneventful life is about to take a sharp turn into heartbreak, when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia.
Suddenly all that was normal is not, and Steven finds himself immersed in overdue homework, lying to his friend Annette (who may be the only one interested in what's really going on with Steven), and surrounded by bald heads and hospitals.
Told from Steven's point of view, often from his school journals, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is a story that will keep you reading late into the night. It will make you laugh out loud and cry (sometimes at the same time), and it's one of the best books I've read this year.