This book really captured me. Four stars has been given because it really made me laugh and cry and really hit me personally a time or two. Hanna has a lot to deal with, mistakes to make, and friendships to make and break. She's new in her school and immediately takes a liking to the bad boy. She also has a long-standing relationship with a neighbor, Helen, whom she even calls Gran. Gran gets sick and wants to confess her lies. She does it in a unique way and it really reaches Hanna. The author really wrote the characters' speech patterns in an authentic manner. You can hear a bit of a snotty teenager with a lot to learn from Hanna and a grown woman's voice from Helen. It's first person, so you get thoughts and hopes from each of the two and wish they could get it together before it's too late. I certainly never want Parkinson's disease. Wow. I really cried in this one. Sobs. It was very touching.
One line that really hit me was when Hanna was asking her parents if they would cheat on each other. Her father said no, because, "No roll in the hay is worth losing what I've got." Ouch. That hit home, but it's a good way to look at it.