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Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
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really liked it

I'm a little reluctant about books in which writing "saves" the main character, even though I tried writing a novel that did exactly that! Like Walk Two Moons and Pictures of Hollis Woods, Sasha is orphaned and in some kind of foster care. She has some significant mental health challenges - including anxiety, panic attacks, and probably some PTSD - that keep her from trusting others and coming to terms with all of her grief. Her poetry, and the love of those around her, bring her some kind of peace while she's trying to figure out her place.

I liked the story. It's a little predictable, but the theme of family not necessarily being your biological parents is powerful. I also really liked the character of Sasha and Hubert, her second cousin once removed - or something like that. He's the father of Mikey, who's likely autistic, and a solid, caring man who lives with his own hurt.
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June 27, 2017 – Shelved
June 27, 2017 – Finished Reading

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