"Full of snappy prose and situations as funny as they are suspenseful...a lot to like here."
~ Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize in Fiction
"A surprising mix of romance and adventure, highly recommended."
~ Midwest Book Review
While most seventeen year-olds work part-time delivering pizzas or whipping up frappuccinos, Brady O'Connell's job is a little less conventional. Helping his dad with the family 'business' is a responsibility he doesn't take lightly, especially when thousands of dollars are being exchanged. There are rules to be followed, timetables to be kept. But when his best friend Jay gets backstage concert tickets, and business interferes with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their favorite band, Brady decides to break the rules, just one time.
And one time is all it takes to send his life spinning out of control. When an envelope full of cash ends up in the wrong hands-specifically in the hands of a pretty red-head named Vivienne-things get messy in a hurry. Where Vivienne goes, a whole lot of chaos seems to follow.
But sometimes...chaos can be a beautiful thing.
"The fulfilling story of a young man who can turn trash into treasure."
~ Kirkus Reviews
"A marvelous debut."
~ Readers Favorite
"A whirlwind of a drama...my eyes were glued to the pages until the end."
~ College News Magazine
Welcome to the cruel world of Trevor McNulty. No matter how hard he tries, this seventeen year-old just can’t get a break. Through no fault of his own, he finds himself living with his alcoholic uncle on the outskirts of Cleveland. His days are filled with garbage-picking and hanging out with his seventy year-old neighbor, who also happens to be his best friend.
One early morning while scanning the streets in a wealthy suburb, he meets Bea, a rebellious rich girl with problems of her own. She’s smart, cute, and a glimmer of light in his dark world.
But in the midst of their budding romance, Bea’s beautiful mother enters the picture with an agenda of her own. She sets off a chain of events so shocking and destructive, Trevor's crazy life soon becomes more than he can handle. While he is desperate to save his relationship with Bea, he learns that nothing in his world can be saved unless he first saves himself.