Nineteen-year-old Grace is trying to keep her fifteen year-old brother Alex on track and out of a gang while working nights in a movie theater and volunteering days at a childcare center. She's also taking classes to bring her grades up high enough to get into the early childhood education certification program because her last semester of high school had tanked after her mom died and her father spent all his time working as a trucker to (sometimes) pay the bills. Mateo had been her first love when she was fifteen but when he joined a gang she had broken up with him. Now, he has just started working security at the theater and claims to be done with gangs. The tension ratchets up when Alex finds himself in deep gang-related trouble with his only hope being Grace and Mateo.
Highly recommended for readers of Simone Elkeles and those who like edgy teen romances with danger and suspense.