This was the first book I read by this author, but it won't be the last one. It was a very pleasant surprise and I liked it a lot. It was fun following Johnny's journey from his restrained self to not only finding his brother but also hisself and a much more satisfying way of life. A few small things preventing me from giving full 5 stars: 1. The whole police scene was too drawn out with the officer more acting like a counselor than a policeman. 2. I missed the dealing with the parents, and 3. The end was rather abrupt. On the one hand it was fitting to the overall tone of the story, on the other hand I felt as if something's missing.