I have been a little disapointed with the various Brooks books I've read, finding them either bland or with a weak ending, but Kissing the Rain blew me away. If there's one book that could get teenage boys reading then this must be it. Not because it's written in text-speak instead of standard English but because it is gutsy in portraying a hero character that repels the reader and has little to redeem himself and yet is utterly believable, and his tendancy for choosing the wrong paths is tragic. Surely all teenagers at one time feel themselves to be alone and unloved and threatened by an alien adult world that they are not yet a part of? The ending is sudden and is simply the end of our lead's e-mail/letter before he enacts his rather foolish plan. It's left to the reader to imagine the aftermath and it doesn't paint a pretty picture. I am in the process of writing my own novels for the teenage market and if I had wrote Kissing the Rain I would be extremely happy with the result.