The book is BUTTER, and the author is Erin Jade Lange.
And it was glorious.
Butter was just what I wanted it to be. I will say that the ending was very predictable, in multiple aspects, and while that would usually take quite a bit away from the reading experience for me, this was not one of those cases. This one truly was about the journey, and what a journey it was. The car wreck waiting to happen, the ticking time bomb that you're just waiting to see explode.
This one gets two thumbs up from me for sure. If you dig the synopsis, you'll definitely dig the book. The characters are truly multi-dimensional and come alive on the page, and the story gets a powerful message across without coming off as an after school special.