Saturday, July 11, 2009
Messed Up by Janet Nicols Lynch
R.D. is repeating 8th grade and while breaking up a fight he is suspended on the first day of school. He is well known by the school deputy and administrators. R.D. lives with his grandmother and her boyfriend Earl but his grandmother left several months before with another man. Although Earl is not actually his grandfather he takes care of R.D. But when R.D. comes home from school one day he finds that Earl has died from the lung problems he has as a result of his time in Vietnam during the war. R.D. doesn't know how to contact his grandmother and doesn't want to go to a foster home so he has to find a way to take care of himself. What's more, he has to take care of himself well enough that no one will notice that he is living without any parents around. For the first time in his messed up life, R.D. has to try to straighten things out for himself.