A Little Suffering is Good for the Soul
Hayden Ackman has always had trouble finding his way through this shit-storm he knows as "the world." With a mother who runs on gossip like fuel and a half-brother who outshines him in literally everything ever, Hayden passes his time by throwing rocks at neighborhood windows and bullying kids around school.
Until his Assistant Principle forces him to volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital for Children.
Here, Hayden meets Jamie, a reserved but snarky bookworm suffering from acute myeloid leukemia. And - just like in the movies (the boring white heterosexual ones, at least) - he finds that he may or may not be falling in "pretend love." And maybe he's even becoming a better person, too, or something cliché like that.
Of course, Jamie dies, as people do, and Hayden decides to join him.
Unfortunately, one person stands in the way of his theatrical, blood-splattering suicide. Bailey Yoshida - a Star Trek-obsessed senior rumored to be one of the sluttiest boys in school. Hayden is determined to hate everything about this guy - from his mischievous personality to his impish grin. Sadly, though, it seems that even pummeling his pasty Wasian face won't get rid of him. And, God help them, this bastard may just be the one person that Hayden needs at his side to help him move somewhere other than down.