Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip is a moving, insightful, and funny read. Main character Peter is extremely close to his grandfather and the two share a passion for photography. Peter comes to realize that his grandfather is having a hard time remembering things, and his descent into Alzheimer's is painful and upsetting to Peter. Friendship is incredibly supportive in this story, as are family relationships. Language is very mild (cr-p) and one instance of underage drinking at a party takes place, to the point of vomiting and one heck of a hangover. High school dating relationships are age-appropriate, with flirting, dating and kissing. Teens are responsible and both academically and athletically driven. This story is written beautifully with humor and sensitivity, and friendship, romance, family, and typical teen issues are relatable and characters authentic. Photography buffs will thoroughly enjoy all the elements woven into this fine story.