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A Room on Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson
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Dec 26, 2007

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2005

This is a teen fiction companion to Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Like many teens, Zoe dreams of moving out, but it is a nightmare at home (dead father, alcoholic mother, and suffocating grandmother) that lets her make the move. And while there's the nice old lady (Opal) she rents the room from to lend support, and some friends, Zoe truly feels on her own. Just as much as Hatchet, this is a survival story as Zoe works as a waitress, trying to put food on her table and gas in her tank, pay sports fees at school, etc. The book is lyrical while describing her plight, yet Pearson doesn't pull her punches at the end when this young woman desperate for money makes a shocking decision. This novel is similar as well to Shelia O'Connor's Where No Gods Came about a young woman in comparable circumstances.
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