362 pages ; 22 cm
"Margaret Ferguson Books."
When Max Friedman’s mother dies of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his brain. It's a terrible tenant―isolating him from family, distracting him in school, and taunting him mercilessly about his manhood. With the tumor in charge, Max implodes, slipping farther and farther away from reality. Finally, Max is sent to the artsy, off-beat Baldwin School to regain his footing. He joins a group of theater misfits in a steam-punk production of Hamlet where he becomes friends with Fish, a girl with pink hair and a troubled past, and The Monk, an edgy upperclassman who refuses to let go of the things he loves. For a while, Max almost feels happy. But his tumor is always lurking in the wings―until one night it knocks him down and Max is forced to face the truth, not just about the tumor, but about how hard it is to let go of the past.
Seventeen-year-old Max, struggling to come to terms with his mother's death, is cast as the ghost in Hamlet and finds strength in his new theater friends.
Online version: Pixley, Marcella Fleischman, author. Ready to fall First edition. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017 9780374303594 (DLC) 2017029376
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