This coming-of-age story is many things. It's heartbreaking, it's funny, it's utterly real. This story is also the best example of magical realism that I've read in ages. The strange events in Jared's life are woven seamlessly into his otherwise mundane existence, and the adults from whom he seeks help are entirely unsurprised by them. I recommend you read this novel with the same attitude: take the weird stuff as it comes, and you'll be glad you did.