A seventeen-year-old boy, bullied and heartbroken, hangs himself. And although he felt terribly alone, his suicide changes everyone around him.
His parents are devastated. His secret boyfriend's girlfriend is relieved. His unicorn- and virginity-obsessed classmate, Faraday, is shattered; she wishes she had made friends with him that time she sold him an Iced Cappuccino at Tim Hortons. His English teacher, mid-divorce and mid-menopause, wishes she could remember the dead student's name, that she could care more about her students than her ex's new girlfriend. Who happens to be her cousin. The school guidance counsellor, Walter, feels guilty – maybe he should have made an effort when the kid asked for help. Max, the principal, is worried about how it will reflect on the very Catholic school. And Walter, who's been secretly in a relationship with Max for years, thinks that’s a little callous. He’s also tired of Max’s obsession with some sci-fi show on TV. And Max wishes Walter would lose some weight and remember to use a coaster.
And then Max meets a drag queen named Crêpe Suzette. And everything changes.
Bullied at school and in love with a boy, Ginger, who wants to end their relationship because of his girlfriend, 17-year-old gay high school student Patrick Furey can't see a way out of his situation, and commits suicide. Mayr's novel examines the repercussions of his death on his Catholic school classmates and administrators. His classmate, Faraday, who is obsessed with unicorns, is shaken to the core, convinced that she could have done something to stop it if she'd been nicer to him. Ginger is devastated. Convinced that his girlfriend Petra was somehow involved with Patrick's death, Ginger cuts off ties with her. Petra, meanwhile, just wants Ginger to love her. The closeted principal, Max, is dating the guidance counselor, Walter, and the suicide causes turmoil in their relationship. Mayr (Venous Hum) has crafted a thoughtful tale examining how the death of one person can have ripple effects even on people who didn't know the deceased. Effectively portraying a range of ages, emotions, genders, and motivations, Mayr quickly engages readers. \t