Rae's life isn't perfect. Her home life involves her trying her best to avoid her stepfather. He's mean, nasty, and rude. Rae wonders what her mother sees in him.
As much as her home life sucks, the rest of her life is pretty good. She has a great group of friends. She's just caught the eye of the cute new boy at school. Plus she loves her after school job of working at the flower shop.
Rae starts spending more time with Nathan. At first, she's flattered at his attention. Soon, it starts making her uncomfortable. She doesn't appreciate some of his comments or actions. On top of her relationship drama, things start getting worse at home.
Her stepfather loses his job and doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get a new one. He's angry at the world. Rae tries to minimize her time with him. With all this drama, something has to change.
My Thoughts: I was surprised at first that this wasn't a novel in verse as Schroeder's previous YA novels. It didn't stop me from devouring this book. There were poems throughout the book, which made up a third story line. I adored the poetry piece of the novel. I really liked the idea of the poetry revolution and how it started and how it evolved.
I picked it up one morning and couldn't put it down until I was finished. So many emotions kept me turning the pages furiously. I had to know what happened. My heart broke for Rae and all that she had to deal with in her home life and her relationship with Nathan. Honestly, I think every high school student should read this book. It's powerful, emotional, and honest about life.
Cover Thoughts: It really caught my eye and drew me in.
Source: my Library.
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