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Chasing Lilacs by Carla Stewart
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Oct 19, 11

Read in May, 2011

I just read a review of this book and the reviewer made a reference to the “young adult heart”. That is it, people. I may not be a young adult any longer, but I have a young adult heart. I will no longer make apologies. Someday, maybe my heart will grow into an adult, but maybe not. You’ll have to keep following and see.

So, 13 year old Sammie Tucker is carrying too much weight on her shoulders. Specifically, she’s got all the normal cares of an adolescent, along with the worries and struggles that come with having a mother with nerve problems. Then tragedy hits and things get even harder. When Sammie’s aunt moves in with them, I started getting so aggravated at the injustices Sammie was forced to endure. And then it made me sad knowing that this happens in real life. I will never understand how parents and guardians can be so horrible to children who have no recourse against them. Anyway, this was a thoughtful book and not badly done.
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