Overall it was a decent book. I definitely wouldn't be interested in reading another with a similar format, because it was too obnoxious to read. But I enjoyed the concept, as well as the storyline. If I could, I would have given it 3 1/2 stars.I found Jack to be a little annoying, especially his name calling towards his mother. I found his mother to be a bit snippy, but who wouldn't be, going through what she did?Grandma was too pushy (like most mothers).I think Steppa was the best of all of them. He seemed to understand what the boy neededat that time, instead of trying to force him to conform for his own comfort.People can be really selfish. I think I would recommend this book to other people, but will warn them about the writing style ahead of time.