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Can't Get There from Here

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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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Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published 2004)
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Sepideh Salarvand
کتاب داستان بچههای خیابونی نیویورکه و داره فرایندی که خیابون بچهها رو نابود میکنه رو برامون تعریف میکنه. به نظر من خوب دراورده بود داستان رو و کلیشهای نبود جز انتهاش که راستش خوشحالم نکرد. منم میدونم هر بچهای باید خونهای داشته باشه ولی روند داستان تا بیست صفحهی آخر خیلی درستتر بود، آخرش انگار یهو ناشر به نویسنده گفته بود: پیام اخلاقیها رو بده و سعی کن بچهها رو منع کنی از فرار از خونه...
ولی خب من حتمن توصیه میکنم خوندنش رو. چون کتاب با این موضوع خیلی کمه و واقعا درست پردازش شده و بچهها واقعیان و
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Fatemeh Nazari
«آسفالتی»ها از اون دست کتاب هایی بود که تو رو با دنیای جدیدی آشنا میکنه. دنیایی که تو زندگیمون خیلی کم بهش فکر میکنیم، دنیایِ بچه های خیابانی.
داستان از زبان یه دختر خیابانی نوجوانه که لقب «شایدی (Maybe)» به خودش داده و ما در طول داستان باهاش همراه میشیم و با دوستاش که اونا هم تو خیابون زندگی میکنن آشنا میشیم.
خوش خوانه و اگه کسی وقت بذاره یکی دو روزه تموم میشه.
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Lisa Litberg
Jan 23, 2009 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
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Debbie
Jan 07, 2008 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
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Lulu
Nov 26, 2008 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.
Mikka Gottstein
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der Autor wird den meisten wohl noch aus der Schule bekannt sein! Aus seiner Feder stammt das vielfach preisgekrönte und gerne als Lektüre verwendete Buch "Die Welle", in dem es um ein missglücktes soziales Experiment geht, mit dem ein Lehrer seinen Schülern eigentlich nur zeigen wollte, wie es zum Holocaust kommen konnte... Mit fatalem Ergebnis. (Das ist in der Realität übrigens tatsächlich passiert, an einer amerikanischen Schule in den späten 60er Jahren!)

Aber auch in seinen anderen Werken gr
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Audrey
Feb 09, 2010 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
Allison
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can't get anywhere from here was a great book! It was about this girl who lived on the streets of New York City because she has no one to go to. She has no family left. She found a couple of street kids and they kind of just stuck together. They all are not friends but just other street kids who stick together so they do not die or make a bad decision. A new kid would join their group every month or so and they got food together, and they survived together. Or tried to anyway. But towards the en ...more
Chase H
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Living on the street with six other homeless teens it not a good way to grow up. The main character lives on very minimal resources and has had very little schooling or discipline. The main character has a rare skin condition where her skin is unevenly pigmented and has patches of darker and lighter skin all over her body. She was kicked out of her house by an abusive mother that only wanted her if she could provide drugs or alcohol. She lives on the street with 2Moro, Rainbow, Tears, OG, Jewels ...more
Janie
Apr 01, 2013 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
Amy Snyder
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jean
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Kara Walker
Jul 14, 2013 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
Angeluismanzueta
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
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7706cloe
Apr 13, 2013 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
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Temoca
Mar 10, 2009 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.
Ashley.taggart
Oct 12, 2012 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.
Leah Vener
Jan 04, 2016 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.
Syd
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-3
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.
Heather
Oct 05, 2010 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.
Richie Partington
Jul 17, 2013 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"
--Maurice Sendak, WE ARE ALL IN THE DUMPS WITH JACK AND GUY (1993)

" '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
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Crystal Soto
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recommend this book because it is helpful to raise awareness for the cause. It will also make you understand why some people do become homeless in their future. I like that the book is a little sad but it has nice themes behind it. Even though they cant have a real family, they are their own family and that makes you feel grateful for what you do have. The book has nice meaning and it helps raises your thoughts of what it may be like when you are thrown away or run away. I gave this book 4 sta ...more
Max
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really interesting book and also sad. The book is about a group of teenagers who are homeless, mostly because their parents abused them. It is told through the perspective of a girl named Maybe, she becomes one of the last person out of the group alive. She lives through all of her friends dying right before her eyes. Overall the book really keeps you at the edge of your seat and definitely recommended!
Eden LeVan
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
A book I read and loved during grade school, so much so that I felt the need to revist it, now. An extremely lean young adult novel that's easy to finish in one sitting, but may leave you wanting more due to a lack of in-depth character development. A gritty and unromantisized look at life as a street kid, written in language that's appropriate for most ages. Great for young readers with short attention spans.
Julie
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Read it the first time when i was in middle school, it was one of those books that I continued to remember years after. I found it in a book store last year, and I got so excited to read this book again. Of cause I had a slightly different experience this time since I am now so much older, but I still found the story line exciting and I ones again got sucked into it. Definitely a book that hits the feelings.
Senlee Dieme
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked reading this book. It taught me a lot about homeless teens. it's a very sad story, but it also has a sense of hope. It was a very realistic and informative book. This book had a great story, and Todd Strasser makes you really get to know the characters. If you like realistic fiction that can teach you about things in the real world this is the book for you
711Bethany
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though the author may not have been homeless, the descriptiveness in the book about how they felt living on the streets really added to the book overall
Molly
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first started to read this book, I did not think I would like it at all. I kept reading on and started to fall in love with it! I enjoyed how the author kept things true about the "street life". Events were not sugar coated to make it more appealing. This group of teenagers are fighting for life every day, and lots of them lose their battle. I could really feel the emotions that Maybe had for her "family" members throughout the book. This story shows that even if you do not have the best ...more
Jeanette
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.8
Jamarii
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s was a good book it was boring in the beginning but got in stressing to read as I went through it.
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