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Almost Home by Jessica Blank
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Mar 02, 09

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Read in February, 2009

Almost Home is a quick pick. This book is a mixed bag of feelings and actions. It is written in a very different approach. The chapters are named after characters. The characters each tell their stories. Most of the characters with the exception of Scabius are tied together through their friendship with a run-a-way named Tracy. It tells the very personal story of how each one of these kids ends up on the streets prostituting themselves,eating three day old donuts out of the dumpster, and doing anything to survive. It is very much worth reading because the reader feels very connected to the characters. It helps the reader develop sympathy for kids out on the streets. It is difficult, at first, to get beyond the nasty language that is the norm throughout the book. It would be the language one would hear on the streets. It really shows how other people have such a great impact on our lives. Meeting one person can change someone's life forever. The characters in the book do grow slowly. The characters don't have many of the positive attributes one needs to grow up successfully these days. They may have had someone good to them along the way. But many don't have anyone who really cares about them. Can they learn to care about themselves and eachother to make life better for themselves against all odds? At the end of the book there are phone numbers and contact information for run-a-ways. This was a great idea. VOYA quality a 4. Popularity a 4. Some would have a problem with the language, prostitution and drugs.
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