Apparantly this book is a sequel. I did not read the first book, but I enjoyed this one very much. It is the story of Jeffrey Alper, an 8th grade cancer survivor as he survives 8th grade. His best friend, Tad is also a cancer survivor, his older brother has run off to Africa to learn to play drums and "find himself", and Jefferey has his first ever girlfriend. This book is well written. It made me laugh and cry. I highly recommend it.