Sunday, January 27, 2008

Almost Home by Jessica Blank

"Almost Home" is a real eye opener to the life runaways have. The characters all have different reasons for leaving their families. Whether they were running form abuse of some kind of just looking for something bigger. But the one thing they all have in common is the love they have. All of them just want somebody to love. It was amazing for me to see how these seven kids all of different ages, personalities and back grounds were able to create a family on the streets of L.A. Even as dysfunctional as it was they made it work. The flap on the cover says that Tracy is the thread that ties them all together. I could not agree more. She changes every person she comes in contact with. It saddened me to read about how these teens had to go about getting money and finding a way to eat. They had do everything from selling drugs to sex in order to be able to have a meal. It's different when you hear bout runaways on TV or in a movie but when you read about it and see it through the eyes of these characters it makes it more real. The things that these teens had to go through are heartbreaking and gut wrenching but this is what really happens. I have read stories about run away teens before but they all tended to be romanticised but the novel that Jessica Blank has created show the real facts about what really happens. What deeply disturbed me most was Eeyore's story. She was only 12 years old and her step-brother sexually abused her which is the reason why she chose to runaway.."Almost Home" is the most moving YA novel I have read. This is definitely one that I would recommend for everyone to read. I really like how she has included several help lines, shelters, and other resource in the back of the book. I was unaware that 1.5 million kids runaway every year along with about 1 million that are thrown out by their parents. This is a serious issue that more people need to know about so that other things can start being done to help.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

A- Z Reading Challenge

I have been wanting to participate in a reading challenge for a while now and I have finally decided which one I would like to take part in. The A - Z Reading Challenge is hosted by Thoughts of Joy. You can find the link to her page in the side bar along with the link to my page where you can keep track of my progress and find out more information about the challenge. I am open to any and all suggestions for books to read.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Debutante by Kathryn Williams

Annie McRae was ready for her senior year of high school, I mean it is suppose to be the best one right? Well at least that is what Annie thought until, her parents dropped the bomb that they were moving to Beaufort, Alabama the place where her Dad grew up. Annie quickly realized that her dream of going to Brown will be her only way to escape the "woods". Her pain only becomes worse when she finds out that the only way her Grandma will pay for Brown is if Annie makes her debut at the Magnolia Ball. Having no interest in taking part in this southern tradition Annie holds out hope to receive a sports scholarship. When she does not receive the scholarship she decides to just suck it up and deal with it (but that does not mean she has to like it). Somewhere in all this debutante chaos and learning how to be a lady she slowly begins to realize that it is OK for her to make friends in Alabama especially when she needs them the most. Annie also leans that a little southern charm looks awfully nice on a guy.

I really like how much Annie's character changes throughout the book. She goes from the typical stereotype that all people from the South are hicks from the woods to learning that they are not so bad after all. This was a fun light read that I really enjoyed and kept me laughing. I'm really looking forward to reading more by this author.

The cover posted here is just for the galley. It will most likely change. The Debutante is due out in May.