Liz Moore has written a book so heartbreakingly honest, I felt I was listening to the characters talk directly to me. Their voices were so real. She managed to convey the inner most thoughts and emotional conflict of both a teenage boy with dreams of the major leagues and a 600 pound reclusive professor who hasn’t been outside his home in a decade. How their lives relate to each other is through the boy’s mother, once a student of the professor, now a sick and lonely alcoholic. This book was one I could not put down. I found myself caring deeply about all of the people - including the professor’s housekeeper who has problems of her own. I recommend this book to all who love stories that don’t end tied up all nice and tidy with a big ribbon, yet still manage to make you feel hopeful - kind of like real life.