Genre: Historical Fiction
# of Pages: 209
RAC Book: Yes
Mercer is a high school senior in 2003 struggling with his father’s deployment in Iraq. The entire book is written in journal entries for his English teacher as well as emails to his dad in Iraq. Mercer is focused on football and the dream of getting a full ride scholarship to the University of Iowa. He begins writing emails to a teenager in Iraq that his dad works with occasionally. Through these emails, Mercer begins to see that his life is very different from that of a teenager in Iraq and he should be grateful for the life he has. At the same time, it is very difficult for Mercer to not have his dad with him for his senior year and he believes his family is starting to drift apart with his dad’s absence. As time passes, Mercer begins to question his loyalty to this war. Can he be the man his father wants him to be while he’s away? Can he take care of his family the way he thinks he should? When will his dad return to him?
This new title is written by a former teacher of Dowling Catholic High School and we are pleased to have received some copies early after it’s release. The story captures the many worries and thoughts that go through a typical teenager’s head during his or her senior year but adds in the extra burden of having a father deployed. The book provides a lot of detailed information concerning the war. Students who enjoy reading about soldiers will enjoy the book as it is easy to identify with Mercer. Recommended for those teenage boys who often have trouble finding titles that appeal to them.