Jake Has Felt Fatherless Ever Since His Parents Separated, And So He Can T Wait To Spend The Summer With His Dad But The House Dad Rented Is A Shabby Place Next To The Railroad Tracks, With No Friends And Nothing To Do Then, Through A Pickup Game Of Hoops, Jake Befriends A Neighbor Boy Adrian Is Charming At First, But Soon Jake Starts To Sense A Streak Of Desperation In Him Jake Gets Sucked Into Adrian S Bizarre Life, In Which Recklessness Escalates To Danger Witnessing Adrian S Highly Dysfunctional, Sometimes Violent, Family Gives Jake New Perspective On His Own Situation. Shows how peer pressure can make you do things you wouldn t normally do, and that things aren t always what they seem. A good MG novel about a 12 year old boy coming to terms with his parents separation over the course of a summer spent with his dad The side mystery surrounding his friend Adrian s home life was nicely done and not quite what I expected.