In this debut novel by N. Griffin, we are introduced to two best friends, Dinah and Skint. The pair of friends live in Maine and they are experiencing a rather cold, harsh winter. The thing is, Skint won't wear a coat no matter how cold he gets. Dinah can't stand it and is determined to help Skint no matter what the consequences are. Oh, and of course there are consequences to something as small and warm as a winter coat. There's the whole big picture of Skint's life that Dinah can't seem to comprehend and Skint is doing his level best to keep it that way. This tension makes for some interesting dialogue and a whole lot of conflict between the two. This book is an interesting study in what it means to be a friend, what it means to ask for and accept help, and what it means to be underprivileged in this great country of ours. A good book, but not one for the faint of heart.
Recommended by Cheryl Finnan