Double Negative is just amazing. Reading it felt like being on emotional roller-coaster.
So this is a story about Hutchinson McQueen and a group of teens who end up in the special program with him. All main characters are underdogs and although 16 years old they have seen and been through enough bad things. Their choices are limited and due to that these kids are forced to make bad choices and moves. No one gave them support in life and once they finally get this support their life changes for good.
This story is full of raw emotions, especially anger and hopelessness. But there is also love and hope at the end. All the characters are well written. They are full of flaws and sometimes they are not even very likable. The author wrote them realistically and because of that fore mention emotions are so palpable. But what I like the most is that although this story deals with all the ugliness of life it has a positive ending. The message is that everybody needs a sense of purpose and that a push in right direction can be a lifesaving one.
I highly recommend this story foremost to all who are working with teens and children.
Synopsis: 16 year old Hutchinson McQueen lives with an alcoholic mother and he is constantly getting into trouble. One of those troubles almost got him put in jail. But he got a second chance to turn his life around. Sometimes a push in right direction and a pair of glasses is all a boy needs to straight up his act.
"My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn't been laid yet. I couldn't go into the slammer before that happened." —Hutch McQueen.
Sixteen-year-old Hutchinson McQueen is a big time loser. Trapped in a dysfunctional family, his one thought is escape, but everything he does to get away lands him in trouble.
Shackled by poor reading skills, he squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. When he shoplifts and lands in juvenile detention, the court sentences him to a county youth program. There he meets the priest and Maggie, a retired teacher. They’re determined to set Hutch on a path leading away from trouble. Hutch is determined not to cooperate.
It isn’t until he’s facing serious charges that he confronts the truth—his own bad choices are trapping him. When he's offered the freedom he craves, all he has to do is take it.
14+ for adult situation and sexuality