Sang Sorenson just moved to a new neighbourhood with her warped family. With a pair of agoraphobic parents who will do their utmost to stop her from having contact with other people, Sang has lived a pretty sheltered life, but has had enough of it. One night, she decides to run away, only for her efforts to be destroyed by Max, the neighbour’s overfriendly dog. Upon discovering that the young girl is hurt, Kota (Max’s owner) offers to take care of her back home.
With no friends, it is difficult for Sang to evaluate the meaning of friendship, but when Kota introduces her to Victor and Silas, it becomes obvious that friends are a pretty great thing, and the more the merrier. For Sang’s greatest delight, Kota, Victor and Silas are also friends with Gabriel, Nathan, Luke and North who quickly become her friends too.
But school registration is coming up, and the boys are determined to protect Sang from the jungle that is Ashley Waters High school. Strategic choices are made, subjects are chosen, and everyone is eagerly waiting for the big day.
Now just reading the synopsis, I’m sure you’re as confused as I was when I started this book. It definitely fits in the “bizarre” category of books you’re not too sure about. Introductions will do exactly what it says on the tin: introduce. You will meet with Sang and her mental family, as well as the seven boys she becomes friends with.
I won’t ruin the book for you, but I can say for sure that Jones made a pretty good job of writing a book where nothing happens but you cannot put it down. Although Sang annoys me every now and then (I wish she had a bit more courage, was a bit less naïve, had a bit more of a spine), and I find the boys a bit strange (who cares so much about hair? Or walks there dog in the middle of a rainy night?), they are easily loveable characters and the more you read, the more you want to know about them.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series as this one was very much an introductory book to set the backdrop, but if you like bizarre YA books relating to boys and high school, I’m fairly sure you will enjoy this one!