Barbara's Reviews > Will
Year 11 Aussie Will Armstrong has been through something awful that causes him to keep acting out. For his latest prank he mooned the bus filled with the girls from Lakeside. Rather than getting expelled for one misdeed too many, the headmaster and one of his favorite teachers came up with the perfect punishment for him. Will must perform in the band for the joint school musical between St. Andrews Boys and Lakeside. Will wishes they had expelled him because now he’ll have to associate with the losers in the band and have his weekends sucked up by rehearsals; at least the actors got to hang out with the girls. What will this do to his social status which he has been carefully cultivating since year 7? The reason for his numb feelings and bad behavior is slowly unfolded through the course of the story and readers will figure it out along the way but the reveal is still moving. Strong supporting characters populate the story from Will’s best friend Chris Holden, year 7 Zach Cohen, who Will calls Freak and takes under his wing, Elizabeth Zefferelli, the play lead and Will’s crush, and Mark, the new kid from Melbourne. Subplots abound but Will coming to terms with himself and his trauma lead to growth and the girl.
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