"Simon got up from the couch and I smiled a little as he left the room. Somewhere in his future, maybe there was a fifteen-year-old son, twisted in the basement, and maybe he'd lay him out." Page 129, ARC edition.
The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff (YA, 296 pages, Carolrhoda Books; 1 edition, available now).
Synopsis: Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisis—divorce, abuse, and a parent's illness. Yet, as they try to escape the pain and reach out for the connections they once counted on, they slip—like soap in a shower. Noah's got it bad for Lily, but he knows too well that Lily sees only Simon. Simon is indifferent, suddenly inscrutable to friends. All stand alone in their heartache and grief.
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