“It’s just a phase they say of me,” tweets @themoonforreal, winking. “But, it’s true. Don’t give up.”

In this original, thoughtful YA novel in verse, by Tucsonan Torran Anderson, a tweeting moon is the most consistent comfort for a despairing high school senior. Enzo’s life-long friend J. has recently committed suicide, and he and buddies Matas and Sci-fi are driving around town, in time-honored Tucson fashion. Matas and Sci-fi are looking for parties; Enzo is looking to make sense of J.’s death. The action takes place in one night. From sunset on Gates Pass, through midtown, to Sabino Canyon in the east, and finally to early morning high in the northern Foothills, the boys cruise, party, hike, and kibitz. Enzo, however, feels apart. His mind and imagination manifest in individual strands: poems contemplate life and death; the moon tweets; a visceral yearning imagines a violent tribal rite of passage into adulthood; and a tempering, calming ongoing list of “tiny moments” argues to make life worthwhile. (Think “mom’s mac and cheese”; the Rillito River with running water). It’s not only young adults who can be touched by this affecting book.

 — Christine Wald-Hopkins, Arizona Daily Star