Ready to Fall
Pixley’s (Without Tess, 2011) writing truly shines in her story about Max, 17, who struggles to come to terms with his beloved mother’s death and in the process learns that being strong means letting go. After his mother died of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagined that her tumor took up residence in his brain. He's convinced that it is plotting his downfall by isolating him from family, distracting him in school and taunting him about his manhood. After Max is cast in a steam-punk production of Hamlet, he becomes friends with Fish, a girl with pink hair and her band of misfit friends. Although the tumor is always lurking in the wings, his involvement with the play forces Max to face the truth about his life and finally let go of the past.