Danny's father had a motto he lived by, included everyone. The problem was, it created pressure for Danny with his friends. Danny's father tried to make him see his decisions effected others, even those he wouldn't think of. Danny, of course didn't see this in his day to day life until his senior year of high school. He'd attended three schools by this point and had few friends left. Little by little Danny began to see where his decisions influenced the events of other around him. Now he could decide to do what was right and take the punishment or leave all the tatters and pieces created by his actions.
This book is difficult to describe in that it can mean many things. I found the messages in this book wonderful for anyone, not just young people. Mr. Cotto weaved together a story that will make you laugh, bring you to tears and finally cheer for the underdog. Everyone will pick something up from their childhood in this book. Great, full characters and meaty writing makes this one to add to your to be read pile. I recommend this for everyone.
I did find one issue. I felt the three chapters making up the "prologue" was a bit much. I felt I'd just gotten into the book and it stopped to say "now, we'll begin the real book part." It is distracting and the three chapters could have easily been woven into a page or two.
I gave this one 4 out of 5 cheers because of the "prologue".