Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Can't Get There from HereCan't Get There from Here by Todd Strasser

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

198 pages, young adult, 30 chapters

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Her street name is Maybe. She lives with a tribe of homeless teens — runaways and throwaways, kids who have no place to go other than the cold city streets, and no family except for one another. Abused, abandoned, and forgotten, they struggle against the cold, hunger, and constant danger.

With the frigid winds of January comes a new girl: Tears, a twelve-year-old whose mother doesn't believe Tears's stepfather abuses her. As the other kids start to disappear — victims of violence, addiction, and exposure — Maybe tries to help Tears get off the streets...if it's not already too late."

As you read about the woes of Maybe and all the members of her street family, it's hard not to appreciate what you have. She goes from sleeping in doorways, to squatting in construction sites, to sleeping under a bridge, knowing she won't have a bed to rest in. When her family slowly starts to dwindle, you can feel the hopelessness of her situation. A really great and quick read that might put the dangers of NYC into perspective.

Level of Romance :None, the characters are much too busy trying to survive until tomorrow.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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