Friday, February 14, 2020
The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, by Rebekah Crane
Faced with a summer of group therapy and outdoor games that is about to change. Grover's, convinced that he is destined to become schizophrenic, and similarly persistent that Zander and he are a couple. Amidst Cassie's snarky observations about just about everyone are a few pointed ones at Zander that show that she sees far more than anyone else at Camp. And Zander will open up and address the feelings and behavior that wound her up here.
A familiar story of institutionalized teens healing gets a lift in this case from some fresh characters. Cassie and Grover are the most colorful and provide excellent soundingboards for Zander. Character growth is a given in this genre but follows a less predictable arc that gives us some suspense and a better pay off in the end. The language is smart and mixes believably vulnerable adolescence with intelligence. A pleasant enough read but not terribly noteworthy.