Grief and guilt radiate throughout this novel. Ryden feels guilty. He blames himself for Meg’s death. If he hadn’t gotten her pregant, she wouldn’t have stopped treatment and died. Now, he is a teenage father trying to figure out how to live. He doesn’t want to give up on his dream of playing soccer professionally, but he is strapped with juggling fatherhood, being a student, being a soccer player, and working at Whole Foods.
Meg’s mother and father hate (or maybe refuse to acknowledge) Ryden which adds to the guilt. Ryden holds on to Meg through her journal that she left at his house. He struggles to hold on to who he was before all this happened. He starts to feel like his old self with a new friend, Joni, who works with him at Whole Foods.
This is an interesting journey through the difficulties of youth is adult situations.