Matt Pin is 12 years old, which is a difficult enough time for many tweens. But, he is also the son of a Vietnamese woman and an American soldier who is living with his adoptive parents [in America] in 1977. Matt’s birth mother handed him over to the soldiers who were air-lifting out children in the hope that he would have a better life, but he is both haunted by his past and bullied by his peers. Even though his adoptive parents and brother are very loving, and he has earned a place on the school baseball team, Matt has a hard time believing that he deserves to be happy when his birth mother and biological brother remain in Vietnam.
The novel-in-verse format makes it a little easier to get through the passages of Matt’s flashbacks to life in a war zone, especially when he starts to recover some long-suppressed memories. A great story about the true meaning of love, grief, and acceptance.