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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 m

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Published October 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published 2004)
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Lisa Litberg
Jan 25, 2009 Lisa Litberg rated it liked it
"Maggot said we should go up to Times Square to watch the ball drop and pick some pockets, but we never got around to it."

I have always been fascinated with homeless street kids, ever since I went to Portland in 1994 where there was an abundance of them. I became rather close to one named Dave, who used to wear safety pins in his eyebrows so that they hung over his eyes. They reminded me of tears. You see these "street punks" everywhere: Bourbon Street in New Orleans, The Haight in San Francisco
Jan 20, 2008 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens
A group of homeless teens band together to help each other survive on the streets of New York. The narrator, Maybe, left her abusive mother and feels that the street--dirty , cold, and brutal as it is--is the only place for a girl like her, a girl no one loves.

Maggot says that living on the streets is the only way to maintain your freedom. Country Club is the first of the group to leave. He dies of liver failure at 22. OG has a constant, hacking cough, but refuses to seek medical attention. He
Nov 26, 2008 Lulu rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Lulu by: Mrs. Platt
I had to read this book for Literacy and basically, it sucked. One to many people die and since it is about homeless kids, it is a little disturbing.
Amy Snyder
Apr 07, 2010 Amy Snyder rated it liked it
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Mar 05, 2010 Jean rated it it was amazing
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Aug 15, 2013 Janie rated it liked it
This was ok. It was interesting because it was one of the first books about life on the streets as narrated by a girl. Not that it's really obvious, however, it was different. Much of the book was comprised of "I'm hungry and cold because I don't have food and it's cold". Strasser is very good at packing a punch with all of his books about difficult issues (school shootings, street life), and I think the most influential part was the reports about the death of several street kids that the main c ...more
Kara Walker
Jul 14, 2013 Kara Walker rated it it was ok
In Can't Get There From Here, Strasser tells the tale of a homeless girl named Maybe who lives in New York City. Her life is full of abuse, mistrust, and sadness, but she finds a way to persevere through all the pain. Maybe considers herself a part of a "tribe" (others who are homeless with her). In this tribe, the members try to look out for one another and act as a makeshift family. Unfortunately almost all of the characters have a sad ending: "They were gone. Tears, Rainbow, Maggot, Jewel, 2M ...more
this amazing book is about a group of homeless teenagers known as the asphalt tribe. and they have ran away from their personal and other situtations and came to liv on the streets of nyc. they survive by dealing drugs, washing windshields, and being prostitutes. most of the kids in the tribe have ran away b/c of they're mothers, and drugs. they do whatever it takes to survive the cold winter in nyc.
i can connect this to the world b/c their are actually people in this world who are homeless eve
Oct 14, 2010 Myss-Syckness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Give a Boy a Gun,
I decided to see if Todd Strasser had any other books that may be just as good,
I was not disappointed.
In fact, Can't Get There from Here was even better.
I remember I stayed up all night reading it and had to fake sick the next day because I was so tired haha.
I couldn't sleep without knowing what happened next!
I will definately buy this to add to my bookshelf (:
Apr 13, 2013 7706cloe rated it it was amazing
this book is amazing!!!
its about a girl named maybe who lives on the cold streets of NYC. she has a friend named Tears who is 12 years old. maybe figures out after a bunch of experiences that the streets are really not the place to be so she tries to help tears get home.
i loved this book because it was a happy-unperfect ending. it gave you a shock to what life on the streets is like and what innocent people are dealing with...
i would recommend this book to everyone but more likely to readers who
Apr 18, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
A thin little book, only about 200 pages, for the Young Adult crowd. This book tells the story of a group of homeless teenagers just trying to get by in NYC in the winter. They go by colorful names: Rainbow, OG, CountryClub, Maggot, Maybe, and 2Moro when a youngster, 12 year old Tears joins their tribe. The story is told from the point of view of Maybe and the issues and problems she has with daily life living on the streets. I think the author, Todd Strasser, tells a very effective tale about t ...more
Leah Vener
Jan 29, 2016 Leah Vener rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. No part of this book was boring. I liked how the main events were so developed and detailed it made you feel as if you were there with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to read an eye opening story. I would rate this a 5 out of 5 because I could not put this book down.
Feb 09, 2010 Audrey rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one night. It was so amazing that I couldn't put it down. I was scared to admit defeat. So when I finished this book at 12:30 in the morning, I knew it was going to haunt my dreams. Surprisingly, it didn't. This book portrayed the life of kids on the street and how life can change so quickly, you forget to breathe, think, or even blink. What frightened me the most was the amount of tragedy. This book gave a good look at what people do to survive. This is a must-read. It chang ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Chantal rated it really liked it
A young teen named Jesse (street name Maybe), is a strong, determined, and rebellious teenage girl, but this girl is a little different; she's homeless. In the book 'Can't Get There From Here' by Todd Strasser,It may seem like that surviving is the most important thing in their minds, and even though it is,they honestly just do not expect good lives. Maybe and her “tribe” that consists of Maggot, OG, 2moro, Rainbow, Country Club, and Tears are a group of young teens with different backgrounds, t ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Cat rated it it was amazing
This book is the same one whose cover caught my eye all those years ago, when we were cleaning out the bookshelves of Pope John Paul II. I wanted to read it badly, because the cover art (different from the one shown here) was really attractive and the atmosphere of the blurb on the book jacket was exactly like no other book I had read by that point in my life. I never actually ended up reading that book, because I never felt like I was ready for it. It was probably given away when we cleaned out ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Amelo rated it really liked it
The main conflict of my book is that these abandoned, abused, and runaway children are facing the hard life of living on the streets. They don’t have money, food, shelter, or family, but they do have each other and street smarts. They rebel against the numerous rules that the government has and the “real” world has because they feel as if they shouldn’t be told how to live and to live under rules.
“You could have a life, understand?” he said. “You’re still young enough to go back to school, learn
Oct 18, 2012 Ashley.taggart rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. The book was about the life of homeless teens living on the streets of New York. It is a realistic fiction story that made me think about the people that are homeless in our country and the struggles they go threw just to get food and to stay warm. I would say everyone should read this book because of how much it opens your eyes to the life of some people in our country that we just forget about.
Mar 10, 2009 Temoca rated it it was ok
This is a book I will add to a literature circle because it is a subject I think will hook kids. The story was a little repetitive giving a play by play of events in the live of homeless kids and then the ending just all worked out for everyone but the main character and we really don't know what happens to her.

Still, it's new and something that would get my kids talking and even parts they may relate to unfortunately.
Sam Tanner
I loved this book it had lost of things that I like, based off of real world things. It had many twists in the story which may have gotten confusing but I really liked the book. I can read it over and over and it will not get old. Only If i can find more books like this.

This is one of those books where it makes non-readers such as myself want to read more and more. I couldn't put this book down at night. Every page you turn there is something new and you want to know more about it. I like how t
Big Joe's Books
Aug 22, 2014 Big Joe's Books rated it really liked it
what a compelling look at life on the streets for a bunch of homeless kids. A girl nicknamed maybe is the lead character and she is easy to fall in love with, sweet but tough, she cares deeply for the 'friends' she's made on the street.
This book is heart breaking and a some what accurate portrayal of what being a homeless kids must be like. Having been born and raised in NYC I've encountered many of these kids. Early on my parents explained and drilled into me that yrs they may be drug addicts
Joseph Camacho
Jul 27, 2015 Joseph Camacho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally a Happy Ending

This book filled me with a multitude of feelings and thoughts with every chapter being another revelation to each character's tragic background. Although some characters were a bit lackluster to me due to not being properly fleshed out like "2Moro" and "OG" I still felt the impact they left on the other members of the "asphalt tribe". The ever prevalent themes of loneliness, naivete, and family makes you feel connected to this book even if you've never been through the same
Oct 05, 2014 Kennedy rated it liked it
Maybe,the main carrictor,was abused by her mother so she decided to run away(her mother still hates her)and she allways had a man then a baby and the man would leave so the mothere would allways take her anger out on maybe,She has become a street kid with a bunch of others she found and.Many people try to offer them shelter and they refuse but they do take money if people offer.The group of would find beds to sleep on and if they had to but they would nomaly find food,sudunley the group startes ...more
Rachel Aly
Oct 01, 2014 Rachel Aly rated it it was amazing
This book takes you inside the lives of kids as young as 13 to 22, homeless, and scared. Living on the streets they've learned to depend on nobody but themselves for food, shelter and protection. Through out the book we learn about each characters home life and why they are now on the streets. Rainbow, one of the main characters has to go through the most traumatic events, like seeing dead bodies in allies! But when it couldn't get any worse, the group looses a member due to a mugging gone wrong ...more
Oct 05, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book Todd Strasser has this mind that just seems to captivate my interests. I loved living the life of the streets in New York.
May 05, 2014 Celeste rated it liked it
This was suggested to me by one of my 8th grade students. She even brought the book to school and asked me to read her copy, stating that it is her favorite book.

I can totally understand why a middle school student would appreciate this book so much. It is full of harsh realities but manages to end with a hint of hope. Additionally, the writing is strong without talking down to its audience. Some of the issues handled include drug overdose, suicide, prostitution, gender and sexual identity aware
Mar 21, 2014 CWinnie rated it it was amazing
In the book CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE, by Todd Strasser they call her by her street name, Maybe. On the streets she's lives with homeless, runaway, nobody, teens just like herself on the streets of New York City. These teens have no where to turn except the hard, cold streets and one another other. Some teens take drastic jobs, like a prostitution and drug dealing, just to stay alive. A new girl the teens call Tears comes along, a small 12 year old girl who had run away. Maybe looks after her li ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Syd rated it it was amazing
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One of my alltime favorite books I've ever read. i loved how REAL the story was, i read it in 1 day it was so good.
Casey Clayton
Jan 31, 2016 Casey Clayton rated it it was amazing
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Richie Partington
Jul 17, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
27 January 2004 CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE by Todd Strasser, Simon & Schuster, April 2004, ISBN 0-689-84169-8

"Come says Jack let's knock him on the head
No says Guy let's buy him some bread"

" 'I'm so gross! I'm disgusting! I can't stand it!' Rainbow laughed crazily as she pulled me down the sidewalk about a block from Canal Street.
" 'You look beautiful to me,' I said.
" 'Oh, Maybe, what would you know? You're even smellier and di
Karen morales
A group of homeless teens band together to help each other survive on the streets of New York. The narrator, Maybe, left her abusive mother and feels that the street--dirty , cold, and brutal as it is--is the only place for a girl like her, a girl no one loves.

Maggot says that living on the streets is the only way to maintain your freedom. Country Club is the first of the group to leave. He dies of liver failure at 22. OG has a constant, hacking cough, but refuses to seek medical attention. He
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