The back of the book says:
‘Everybody needs somebody, sometimes…Lorenzo Cuni is a fourteen-year-old loner. His wealthy parents think he is away on a school skiing trip, but, in fact, he has stowed away in a forgotten cellar. He plans to live in perfect isolation for a week, keeping the adult world at bay. Then a visit from his estranged half-sister, Olivia, changes everything.’
This book to me was a very similar read to Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. All of which have an adolescent protagonist going through the motions and creating their own private world. Lorenzo doesn’t know whether he is better of hiding away so nobody knows he exists or blending in with the crowd and following the rest of the flock. If I were to highlight how Lorenzo felt at the end of the book it would be an obvious spoiler and would deem you reading the book pointless – so I will not be doing that!
Lorenzo spends most of his time bottling up his feelings, he has a history of lashing out when inappropriate and wants to just exist. A young boy with a creative mind Lorenzo likes to make up science fiction stories however does not share them. Deciding to extricate himself from a fabricated social situation that was put together as an elaborate lie in order to please his mother and make her believe he actually had a social life, Lorenzo manages to find a secret spot and has plans to just be for one whole week. This is until his estranged sister turns up and plays havoc with his plans she manages to put his hideout location at risk and scares him into his version of the unknown (maybe known to others as the real world).
Even though this book is an emotive story with a significant ending my personally feelings towards it were that something was missing. My feelings remain indifferent.