They lived under the same roof but they’re all living separate lives. Three siblings and their parents, coexisting at the same address. Cash walked with a dark cloud over his head, as he was failing 7th grade for the second time. He also worrying about his bench seat on the basketball team. His brother, Fitch is an arcade wizard, who begins to get a temper when he’s harassed by his peers. Oh, why did you have to get involved with the girls, Fitch?
Then, there is Bird. She writes instructional manuals, a job that she takes very seriously. She’s a wonderful student, has great self-esteem: Bird’s life is good. One visit to a friend’s house changes all of this for Bird.
The parents should be the connecting element with these siblings but they don’t connect. The parents sit in their own corners; one reading and one watching the television. We’re told there is a lot of verbal fighting between the two of them, with some of it escalating to items being thrown. It’s sad that their children don’t get much support from them but I had to smile while reading, as the sibling created ways to work around this.
What I enjoyed about this book was the moments that were eye-opening experiences or experiences that made the siblings grow. At the beginning of the book, the siblings were acting alone, they were their own island. As the book progressed, they began to see each other. There were actual other individuals in their own home. Worthy individuals!
Linking the dramatics in the family and the excitement of the Challenger launch that occurred on January 28, 1986, you’ve got an excellent book. Hopes, dreams, struggles, successes, and trying to find your way, it’s all inside here.