Jaxon Quayle is just a normal high school kid living in the small town of Burley, Idaho. His world is turned upside down when a family from Nebraska moves in across the street from him. The family has a gorgeous daughter his same age, her name is Maddie, and Maddie's twin brother Hadley. Hadley is autistic and calls himself Hadley-Hadley Benson. He's an amazing piano and organ player and he knows tons about bikes. He also always seems to be around. Jaxon would love to get to know Maddie better, but she and Hadley seem to be a package deal. As time goes on, Jaxon is able to get to know both Maddie and Hadley better, he and Hadley become friends. But Jaxon has other friends and they are getting jealous, one friend in particular, Tanner, seems to be having a really hard time with Jaxon, Maddie and Hadley being friends. It's really awesome for Jaxon when the whole Benson family begins taking the missionary discussions at his home, it's a time for him to learn what he really believes and to be able to see the LDS Church's belief's through the eyes of the non-member Benson family, especially Maddie. The two of them have some amazing discussions about belief's. But just when all seems to go well, a prank is played on Hadley that has some serious repercussions. What will happen to the Benson family's slowly growing faith?
I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read much or had very much to do with people who are autistic, so I enjoyed seeing the world a little bit from Hadley's perspective. I really liked the characters in this book, Jaxon, trying to be Hadley's friend, even when it's hard. Maddie, she loves her brother so much, it hurts when others are mean to him. Hadley, quirky but definitely likable. I liked the plot of this book, it felt a little to me like going back in time to my own high school days in another small town in Idaho.
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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