on March 8th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
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The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself…
Dumped by her best friend, Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade “hanging out with different people.”
Deserted by her mom, who’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt.
Trapped in a house with her dad, a new baby sister, and a stepmother young enough to wear her Delta Delta Delta sweatshirt with pride.
Stuck at a lunch table with Shawna the Eyebrow Plucker and Sarabeth the Irish Stepper because she has no one else to sit with.
But what if all isn’t lost? What if Anna’s mom didn’t exactly mean to leave her? What if Anna’s stepmother is cooler than she thought? What if the misfit lunch table isn’t such a bad fit after all?
With help from some unlikely sources, including a crazy girl-band talent show act, Anna just may find herself on the road to okay.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The moment I finished reading this book, I was a little bit misty-eyed. I have to admit that even though I did not cry throughout this book, it still did a affected me, because this was a really touching book about family and finding oneself.
Anna is thirteen years old. THIRTEEN and she went through way too much already. She saw her mom almost died, her best friend no longer wants to be her friend, and she had to stay with her dad and really young stepmother. All in all, this kid has got it REALLY tough. It was truly heartbreaking seeing her struggle to live her life, when she always has doubts about anything and everything.
I think the part about Anna that made me love her so much was that she’s independent, for a thirteen year old. And she learnt to be that way because neither of her parents want to be parents. She was strong and she kept everything so close to herself, that it was heartbreaking to watch.
I think this book should be for those who are struggling with life, especially if they’re still quite young, because it shows you that sometimes there’s a silver lining in every bad thing that happened.