Book Review: The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. Griffin

By Haywood County Library | May 06, 2013

Reviewed by Librarian Donna Surles

Dinah and Skint were friends before they were 5 years old. When they are in Kindergarten, Skint moves away to Kentucky. Skint returns for sixth grade, and he and Dinah become best friends.

Dinah is a worrier. She worries about Skint, who won't wear a coat even in 12 degree weather. Skint's dad is developing dementia. Skint's mom, who is 17 years younger than his dad, is trying to cope without putting his dad in a facility, but she is experiencing overwhelming burnout. Dinah tries to help, but often does more harm than good.

Skint faces many demons of his own. An unfortunate event happens, and Skint makes a life-altering decision that will forever haunt Dinah.

The friendship between Dinah and Skint is a very special aspect of this debut young adult novel. The problems they face are problems that many teenagers face today. Thoroughly engaging, this book is hard to put down.