Vera's former best friend, Charlie Kahn, has died. As the story progresses, we slowly get a look at what their friendship had been like. They grew up living right next door to each other and so spent a lot of time together. As the years pass, they begin to drift away from one another. Vera gets a job and does volunteer work while Charlie goes hunting with his father and spends time in his tree house. But, when Charlie starts hanging out with a different crowd, things take a turn for the worse.
Vera knows how Charlie died, but she is unable to bring herself to tell anyone about it, even though it has had a big impact on her.
King depicts perfectly the effects of peer pressure in high school as well as how mean classmates really can be.
Overall, I thought King's work was amazing. Her characters are unique and the plot is fascinating. A highly addictive read which I recommend to…well, everyone.
Oh, by the way, I highly recommend that you read this book in print rather than on NOOK or Kindle. There are flow charts in the book that are impossible to see on the screen, unless you have super perfect vision of course.