Funny, sweet, meaningful, necessary. Words that come to mind having read Stitches. This book ties together very neatly if you’ll excuse the pun. You get to know the main character, Travis, as he gets to know himself. He is unusual and isn’t quite sure why he feels so different from his peers and why the class bully finds him such a welcome target. His best friend, Chantelle and he spend their summers together. She is also a town misfit by virtue of her disfigured appearance. Glen Huser paints a picture of their classmates and families. Each one given enough description to carry their piece of the story. A finely crafted narrative. Themes – family, rural life, homosexuality, fitting in, differences, relationships, friendship, junior high.