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Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin
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This book was a revelation to me. I know that grinding poverty exists - that many humans are this destitute - but never before has a book conveyed it as clearly as this one does. Charley's experiences seemed to fly by at hyper speed. I cannot imagine how anyone could be clever enough to survive the unrelenting dangers 15 year old Charley faced, or resilient enough to keep moving forward in search of a safe and caring place to be. For every harmful person who abused and mistreated Charley, there seemed to be one more kind person to balance the scales of evil with good. My heart was broken and it feels as if it will never mend because of what happened to Lean On Pete on their journey.
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Reading Progress

January 21, 2018 – Started Reading
January 21, 2018 – Shelved
January 21, 2018 –
34.0% "This book is as hopeful as it is heartbreaking. I am thoroughly inspired by the resilience of 15 year-old Charley who makes the best possible decision between bad and worse choices. He acts as responsibly as he possibly can and has compassion and empathy and intelligence and commitment that far exceeds the adults in his life."
January 23, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Kay Your review made me add this to my to-read list; and propose it to my book group.


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