One of the first thoughts I had as I started reading this book was how nice it felt to read such lovely and clear English prose. Unfortunately, that feeling didn't last. This author should respect his readers enough to have his work properly proofread and/or edited. Here are just a few examples of the lexical and grammatical errors that I ran across:
"It had began" (correct: "It had begun")
"back-peddled" (correct: "backpedaled")
"girls and boys locker rooms" (correct: "girls' and boys' locker rooms")
"blackeye" (correct: "black eye")
"en" (correct: "Ben")
And numerous other such errors, typos, missing words, incorrect prepositions, and oddly formed sentences. In general, whenever I read the simple past tense of a verb used in place of a past participle I just want to scream! It might be (barely) ok to let it slide in speech, but never in writing. A professional editor would have found these issues easily. Even trash novels that are properly edited lack these kinds of issues. I wasn't expecting great literature here.
The story itself was sweet and I tried to enjoy it despite my disappointment with the lack of proofreading. I liked the characters and how they evolved over time. The issues that arose between the boys/young men were realistic, I thought. Ben became more reflective and less reactive over time. I'm interested in learning more about Tim's character, so I may read another of the books. I thought the ending was great, though perhaps rushed.