Noah, Lily, and Simon make up a tight unit. Their friendship helps them deal with the rest of the world. But nothing stays the same forever. Each one of them has to deal with their own personal issues - money, divorce, illness, abuse, death, the future, crushes, sex. As each person changes, their joint connection changes, too - and it usually happens that with a group of three, one person will be left out.
I've discovered that I'm really attracted to stories that tell the same events from multiple characters perspectives, and that's one of the things at play here in The Absolute Value of -1. Right after I'd finished it I wanted to start over again to read it knowing everyone's perspective. The finely layered details allow for the multiple discoveries. Simon in particular is one of the most intriguing YA characters that I've found recently. This is Steve Brezenoff's debut YA novel, but I was really happy to see on his blog that he has another one coming out next year.
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The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick
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