Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (BYR) on April 2nd 2003
An unforgettable narrative collage told in poems.
Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can't make it on their own. They are Stephie - pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself and those she cares about; Jason - Stephie's boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to Stephie and the baby and the promise of a college basketball career; Dontay - in foster care while his parents are in prison, feeling unwanted both inside and outside the system; Carmen - arrested on a DUI charge, waiting in a juvenile detention center for a judge to hear her case; Harris - disowned by his father after disclosing that he's gay, living in his car, and taking care of himself; Katie - angry at her mother's loyalty to an abusive stepfather, losing herself in long hours of work and school.
Stretching the boundaries of traditional poetic forms - sestinas and sonnets - Helen Frost's extraordinary debut novel for young adults weaves together the stories of these seven teenagers as they courageously struggle to hold their lives together and overcome their difficulties.
Short & Sweet:
I picked up this book as a suggestion by a blogger friend Ashley. We were talking about books in verse one day and this one came up. It sounded like an interesting read so I put it on hold from my local library and was not disappointed while reading. Inside this book is the story of several teens who end up crossing paths. All have a hard time for one reason or another and end up at Keesha's house. A house where they can go to stay for however long they need with no questions asked.
Definitely read this one. If you like Ellen Hopkins, or books in verse that deal with tough issues, this is the book for you. Helen does a fantastic job with the stories and I really just loved this book all the way through.