At times this book feels like a problem novel, like it should be titled "Jake's Grandfather Has Alzheimer's Disease - A Guide For Young Readers." Note how I say AT TIMES, and fortunately it's only really near the beginning. Either way, if it were any different it may not have had the same effect. This is painfully realistic and terrifying at times story about how horrible Alzheimer's is to the person who has it and to that person's family. Right down to the last detail, it is perfect (I'm going through the same thing with one of my grandparents, which is unfathomably difficult). I was not particularly fond of the protagonist (didn't dislike him, but I didn't like him as much as the other characters), but all in all this is a pretty good book about a troubling disorder. Kids dealing with the same thing as Jake should read it.