Kaz Barrett saves his every penny for a treatment he believes will cure his mother’s mysterious and deadly illness. When he meets Zoey, a beautiful street musician, she turns his well-laid plan on its head—in the most unexpected way.



“The twists and feints that lead the reader from a love story to a mystery are subtle enough that, like a good magic trick, you won’t know you’ve been had till the deal is done.” —Booklist

“Like a skilled magician, Weston performs a quick sleight of hand using strategic plotting and offbeat humour to construct a puzzle that culminates in a tragic, yet oddly hopeful denouement.” —National Reading Campaign

“A wonderful coming-of-age story.” (4/4 stars) —CM Magazine

“Weston (The Creature Department) strikes a balance between a teen with the weight of adult responsibilities on his shoulders and a youthful naivety, allowing a twist ending to take readers—and Kaz himself—by surprise.” —Publishers Weekly

“Music and mystery twist together in Robert Paul Weston’s latest YA novel…the novel’s journey is suitably winding to keep the reader intrigued.” —Quill and Quire

“Honest, gritty and real…Kaz is a likeable, lifelike character that you cheer for.” —Misbehavin’ Librarian

“Fans of gritty, realistic, and authentic works will find this novel an intriguing option. A diverse group of characters and the inner-city setting adds interest. Recommend this to fans of John Green’s Paper Towns (Dutton, 2008), owing to the dark and honest portrayal of teenage life.” —School Library Journal

“The author has a nice twist in store, subverting even the keenest readers’ anticipations.” —Kirkus Reviews