From Dave Peltzer to Tobias Wolff, one thing holds true. Growing up independently will forever change the future ahead. Although Toby, also known as Jack, isn't as unfortunate as Dave, he shares the same emotional pain. Facing a divorce at a young age and having to follow his mother around, he has forever lost his brother and father. As his mother continuously moves, Toby is affected severely. He is not cared for by the other men he is exposed to which then makes him develop his own system of happiness. However, he does not use it around his mother. An undercurrent boils out. Taking care of oneself is not an easy task, especially in an unknown world. The corrupt life has led him to "grow up". Even living with Dwight changed nothing.
It is a book that will change the way you view yourself. When compared with Toby, many would be happy they didn't have to undergo such a horrid experience. Luckily, his life has swiftly changed as he can finally escape the evil clutches that forever seals his childhood.