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Property of the State

(The Legend of Joey #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Joey Getchie has been property of the state longer than he was in parental custody. But he's a survivor, and he has a Plan: graduate high school and get out of the foster care system before it eats him alive. He bonds with Trisha, another foster, who seems to have lucked out when it comes to foster parents. A false accusation leads to a physical clash with his foster fathe ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Poisoned Pencil
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Patty Blount
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm so excited about Bill Cameron's YA debut. Joey Getchie is a hero you'll root for! ...more
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Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was provided by Poisoned Pencil through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This novel was the first book I've read written by Bill Cameron. I really liked his writing style. It took me a while to be really invested into the story plots. It started out pretty slow, but it had a great character development. It was told by a young man who was sixteen years old and he was an orphan. Something happened at his foster home, forcing him to find another place to stay in secret. What he d
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Victoria Stone
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of the year. Troubled teens are not normally my thing, but the voice of this smart, wry foster kid on the run was spot on. I understood his rebellion and his vulnerability completely. Loved it.
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OMG this book had me rutting for Misty so hard. I think I even cried a little.
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bill Cameron’s novel, PROPERTY OF THE STATE, follows Joey Getchie, a 16-year-old runaway who doesn’t trust anyone --- and has never been given any reason to. A foster child since a young age, Joey goes through life knowing the odds are stacked against him and feeling as though he is going at it alone. Teachers, counselors, foster parents, classmates and the state of Oregon are all seen as obstacles that stand in his way from escaping the system and breaking free on his own. Joey develops a plan ...more
Dana Stabenow
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Orphaned Joey Getchie lives in just the latest of a series of foster homes, this one slightly less awful than the last one, and is powering through high school to graduate early so he can file for emancipation and get the hell out while the getting's good. But then there is his growing interest in Trisha, a foster child like himself but with her own problems, and the dysfunctional family whose McMansion he cleans for spending money, and the dangerously annoying attentions of his social worker wh ...more
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a handful of days over lunches, waiting for pizza, and while I was getting my hair cut. I literally couldn't put it down! I'd read some of Bill's earlier books - very intense thrillers - but was very excited about his journey into the young adult genre. I'm a huge fan of YA and am always looking for a new series to read. Well, let me tell you, this is it. I can't WAIT for the next installment and will likely hound Bill mercilessly on Twitter until I have it in my hands.

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I read a review that made this book sound very interesting. I made it to page 30 before giving up. I just got tired of the teenage narrator's trying-too-hard-to-be-clever youthful cynicism. To Cameron's credit, I remember being a trying-too-hard-to-be-clever youthful cynic; I think the way he writes it is very good at capturing that particular voice. That doesn't mean I want to read anything in that voice. Your mileage may vary.

Note: I don't give star ratings for partial reads.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Ugh! How did I miss the fact that this book was YA and since when does Bill Cameron write YA books?
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Bill Cameron is also known as W.H. Cameron.

Crossroad author W.H. Cameron raises backyard chickens in Oregon, and shapes unruly words into captivating people caught in harrowing situations in his writing room. As Bill Cameron, he’s the critically-acclaimed author of the edgy and stirring mysteries County Line, Day One, Chasing Smoke and Lost Dog —featuring irascible Portland homicide c

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