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Hershey Herself

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
I walk up the back steps and then stand there, waiting for the goosebumps on my arms to go away. They don't. I almost don't go in. But then I think of Baby Ella. And Mom. I push open the door....

When twelve-year-old Hershey must run away with her mother to a women's shelter, she wonders how, among other things, she'll compete in the town talent show with her best friend
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Aladdin
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Twelve-year-old Hershey lives with her mom, baby sister Ella, and her mother's boyfriend, Slade. Ever since Slade moved in with them, things have gone downhill for Hershey. First, it was just little things like the Job List, but it soon progressed into him being verbally abusive, until he became so mad that he threw a glass and almost blinded Hershey. But that's still not enough to convince Hershey's mom to leave him permanently.

Hershey finally comes up w
Feb 14, 2009 Hannah rated it liked it
This book is about a girl with problems. She is over-weight, her eye is messed up (caused by her mothers bad choice in men), she barely has any friends, and now her mom, her little sister, and her have to go to a battered womens shelter. I really like this book and I would probably read it again.
Jun 21, 2008 Bethany rated it really liked it
Gr 6-9 Twelve-year-old Hershey Hollenback is having a rough time. Her mother has left her abusive boyfriend and now Hershey, her Mother, and baby sister Ella, are living in a battered women’s shelter. On the way to the shelter Hershey begs her best friend Phoebe to take care of her cat, Augustus Gloop, because the shelter doesn’t allow pets. Hershey is frightened and stressed out about the new living situation, not the least of which is her feelings of guilt for the current situation. On the fir ...more
May 30, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
Because I really enjoyed Patron Saint of Butterflies by this author, I couldn't wait to read this book also!

12 y.o. Hershey lives with her mom, baby sister, and her mom's abusive boyfriend. To cope, Hershey overeats. She also keeps a journal, and she makes a plan to drive the neat freak boyfriend crazy. She doesn't want him to get mad enough to hurt anybody, like the time a few years ago when he threw a glass and nearly blinded Hershey in one eye. She just wants her mom to realize that she's liv
Galante writes with empathy and deep respect about the lives of her characters. In this book thirteen-year old Daisy flees with her mother and baby sister, Ella, to a Women’s shelter. Even though nothing is familiar and Daisy is embarrassed she is also relieved. Now she doesn’t have to listen to her mother’s boyfriend Slade belittle her or her mother. She no longer needs to eat as an escape and discovers that she loves playing the piano. In the shelter Daisy’s mom discovers things about herself ...more
Jun 01, 2010 Halley rated it really liked it
It's one of those obscure books you just randomly pick up, thinking it's worth a try, and then you love it. This book was really good, especially considering I'd never even heard of it. To me, it was quite a surprise; I guess I didn't know what to expect. The book was touching, emotional, and people can really relate to Hershey.

To me, this book also proves something quite big: There are many, many, many, many well written books that you've never even heard of- simply for the reason that they jus
Jun 26, 2008 Alexis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-books
I learned that it is OK to be different and that change has to come sooner or later, whether you like it or not.
Mar 04, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: for-leigh
Hershey is a stupid name.
Jul 19, 2011 Natalia rated it really liked it
Great book
Mackenzie Smith
Oct 16, 2012 Mackenzie Smith rated it really liked it
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Jul 18, 2009 Natalee rated it really liked it
This is an amazing young adult book dealing with issues of domestic violence, surviving middle school, friendship, and self esteem. Hershey is such a likable character, and so very real. Although I've never been in a situation like Hershey's, I felt myself really relating to her on many levels- especially the self confidence issues. Hershey Herself follows 13 year old Hershey Hollenback through a dark few weeks of her 8th grade year. It is a reminder that life can be tough, even for kids, and th ...more
Where do I start? You can relate to the main character, this book is full of climaxes (in other words, really exciting events), and you feel super delighted after reading this book. I read this book only once and I got a tingly inside afterwards. I'd reccomend this book for everyone LITERALLY. I asked my dad to buy me this book for my birthday last year but turns out......he couldn't find it. I went to my local library to check it out again but turns was already checked out GRRRRRRR ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Olubukola rated it it was amazing
this book taught me to be grateful for the life I have because others are in worse conditions. I taught me about how some peoples' lives feel like Hell. I would always complain about how my life was so boring and annoying, but this girl lives a life that was Hell. Hershey Herself taught me to be thankful that I live a decent life and that I don't get abused. It taught me to lobe my family and to never ever take them for granted.
Jan 19, 2015 Jemimah rated it liked it
I own this book and I've read it like a looooong time ago. I bought it because it's purple and because HERSHEY!!!!! I think this really touched me but I don't remember much anymore. Still, this was a part of my childhood haha
Kara Cabarle
Nov 05, 2011 Kara Cabarle rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I recommend kids with ages 11-13 to read this book. It not your typical, "Once upon a time.." book. It's a book that will widen our realizations with things about life.

I can somehow relate my own life with this. Especially with the protagonist. I can imagine myself in her shoes! Haha!
Jan 27, 2013 Gem rated it it was amazing
Just by looking at the cover, I thought it won't be as good as it is.. but when I started reading it, I spent the whole day flipping the pages. I just LOVED it. And I found myself crying on the last few pages of this.. :)
Amanda Onetwothree
Nov 28, 2008 Amanda Onetwothree rated it it was amazing
**On website,**
Nandi Harrington
Aug 11, 2010 Nandi Harrington rated it it was amazing
This was a Amazing Book, I couldn't put it down.
Jul 20, 2011 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Kinda sad, but really good
Oct 04, 2011 Abigail marked it as to-read
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Cecilia Galante is the author of several middle grade, young adult and adult novels. She also teaches 8th grade English at Wyoming Seminary Prep School, and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Wilkes University.
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