This book is a poignant and yet entertaining object lesson in how not to raise children. The title of the book is fitting and hits at the heart of the storyline. While the story is short, it covers a host of realistic themes that are not openly spoken about within families—including the effects of addiction and hopelessness.
The characters were realistically drawn and the way the story is told helps the reader figure out why the protagonists become the people they do. Like or hate them, Amore, Amelie, April and Nelson will have you amused, depressed and rooting for them to win their individual battles.
I'm on to the next read to see what becomes of the family.
Cover Note: Good representation of the damaged characters who make up this book.