Will Tuppence is a sensible kid who is good at science and has an average social life. He also has a loud-mouthed little 5-year old sister, Tabby, whom he does his very best to avoid. But when he learns that scientists have recorded the first instance of proton decay, his logical mind goes awry contemplating the implications. If he can't even trust in the permanence of atoms, how is he supposed to manage the more tangible but no less overwhelming obstacles in his life? When he catches his two best friends Mi-Su and BT kissing, his confusion skyrockets. Does he like Mi-Su himself? There is also the small matter of defending his local chess title while trying to plan the perfect time to kiss Mi-Su. A tragic accident helps Will understand that life and first kisses can't always be scheduled, and sometimes its better that way. The story ultimately hinges on Tabby, and Will's relationship with her. Will's teenage insecurities, overanalyzing, and mood swings are entirely believable, and readers empathize fully with him while willing him to step outside himself and look around at what he has. The narrative is fast moving and often funny. Short sentences and brief chapters make it a good pickfor reluctant readers.