The Only Way Out Is Through

The camping trip was Fetterman’s idea. Carla had reached the end of her rope months ago and had been looking into one of those hard-core rebellious-teen boot camps, where the unspoken motto seemed to be that you have to be broken before you can be fixed. But then there was a death at the very camp they’d researched: a boy named Martin Lee Anderson—who was also fifteen and even looked a little like Derek—had died after collapsing during a march and then being kicked in the abdomen by one of the counselors. There was a lawsuit, and a 20/20 exposé, and it quickly became clear to both Fetterman and Carla that perhaps tough love was not the answer.

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