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.


Joy said...

Did you notice that The Story Siren posted this book right before you? You may want to compare notes! :)

Melissa Walker said...

Can't wait to read this one--it's in the pile!