It was interesting how the author presented the young father's point of view of teenage pregnancy. Often writer's focus on the POV of the teenage mother only.
The characters in this book are REAL. Regardless of one's past, the lesson in the pages of this book is that one's past does not have to define one's present or future. The writing is authentic and raw. Gary Schmidt will have you believing that Jack and Joseph are actual people, not characters in a book. It is clever the way the author has Joseph learn to trust a cow before learning to trust people, again.