When 16 year old Joey's mom is killed in an accident, he's sent to live with a father he's never known. Any teenager could tell you that surviving the teen years seems impossible but when you add losing a parent, moving, changing schools, being bullied by students (and a teacher!) and trying to make new friends, it couldn't get any worse.
But it does.
Joey's dad isn't happy to have him and leaves him alone in a cluttered and neglected "home", sometimes for days on end with no food. Soon, Joey's dad introduces him to his real source of income: grave robbing!
The characterizations are nothing short of fantastic, really giving life to this macabre menagerie of diggers.
I don't want to say much else about this book. It's really something you have to experience for yourself and to me this is not a book, it's an experience. It's sometimes revolting and sometimes heart breaking.
The story does an amazing job of exploring a teenager's journey of self discovery and learning that sometimes you might actually want to be like your parents when you grow up.
Recommended for the older end of the YA group and adults alike.