This book takes place in the present day in a small town called Paintbrush Falls. Joe Bunch is your typical teenager. He has bullies to deal with and wacko teachers, but Joe also has something a lot of us don't have to deal with; he is gay. Now Joe is fine with all of Paintbrush Falls knowing he is gay, but his boyfriend Collin isn't. So throughout the book Joe and his friends try to convince Paintbrush Falls that there is nothing wrong with being gay. Then when Joe's Aunt Pam brings Joe a ton of supporting gay birthday presents, Joe resolves to put 100% into convincing Paintbrush Falls.
I thought that the style Mr. Howe wrote the book fit really well with the story plot. It chronicles Joe's life from the beginning of the school year in October to the end of the school year in May. Unfortunately, it was hard at first for me to get a grip of what was going on, but soon afterwards I got it. Overall, the book is a must read, and I recommend it highly to all avid readers.