1. This author has a degree is writing and used the word "gentle" as a verb. He gentled his voice. That's just unacceptable.
2. I must be super out of touch because there were teen slang terms in this book I have never heard before like "jaws" and "chag". Wtf do those mean?
3. Blatant homophobia. For San Francisco, these kids sure do seem to call everyone a "fag". Again, not cool.
4. Wow, this whole book was a giant teen drama trope. Teacher/student screwing; the new, naive teacher that wants to save all her students; suicide; bullies; stoners; out of touch parents.
This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special either. It was mediocre.