Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Publication Date: 12 September 2006
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
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Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she’s had enough. She’s run away before and always been caught quickly. But she’s older and wiser now–she’s twelve–and this time she gets away clean.
Through tough and tender and angry and funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story. We travel with her across the country–hopping trains, scamming food, sleeping in parks or homeless encampments. And we also travel with her across the gaping holes in her heart–as she finally comes to terms with her mother’s addiction and death.
Y’all, I hope I’m not the only one to realize that a book is part of a spin-off series that you already know and love way after you’ve started reading the book. Right?
Seriously, I was a quarter of the way through before I realized it was by the author of one of my favorite series. And I was half-way through the book before I realized that there was a major connection between the two. Sometimes this girl just isn’t as smart as she claims to be.