Author: C. H. Armstrong
Length: 320 pages
Genre: Teens & YA, New Adult
Available: Feb 5, 2019
Abby is starting at a new school in her senior year and has a secret she hopes no one will find out. She is homeless. She hates the lies she tells people to cover up her secret but knows she would hate it more if they found out. Along with the hardships Abby experiences with homelessness, she also has to navigate the troubles of an average high school student who has to deal with boys, school, mean girls, and of course, finding who she is.
I loved reading this book. Armstrong gives readers the opportunity to see into a world we otherwise wouldn’t. We see the family encounter problems that many people may not realize homeless people have to face all the time. They take sponge baths in the Wal-Mart bathrooms. They have to figure out what to do when one of them gets sick and they are living in a cold van. The only food they can get comes from homeless shelters and soup kitchens. As I was reading, my heart ached for the family. This book gives an up-close look at the opportunities that are available to homeless people and the things that aren’t available to them that we don’t think about.
The story featured many characters who exhibited strong morals. The family does not abuse the resources that are given to them and there is an understanding in the family that once they are back on their feet, they will do what they can to give back to the community and others in need. The story gives a great example of a couple working together through hard times, working through their marital issues, and honoring their marital commitments in a healthy way. The relationship between Abby and her mother needs a lot of healing at the beginning of the story and we see Abby learn and grow as she works through her anger. Abby is down to earth. She knows that money is not the key to happiness and just because most of the people at her school have money doesn’t mean their lives are perfect.
This is a great book for young and new adults to read because of the insight it can give to the struggles of others. It is a reminder that not everyone comes from the same background as we do. Each person is dealing with their own issues and we can relate to others better if we remember that. Armstrong draws on the lessons from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and weaves them into the story beautifully.
I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others. It was a touching story with good lessons and strong characters. Go check it out for yourself!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I expressed here are my own.