Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Teen flees abusive home in intense free-verse tale.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

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age 13+

Incredibly engaging text

This is a text that even reluctant readers will be engaged by. Though it's a longer book, the fact that it's written in free-verse poetry makes it flow quickly. With vividly drawn character, deep and emotional internal conflicts (as well as obvious external conflicts in the novel), the story does not disappoint and draws readers in quickly. Young adult readers (as well as adults) will not want to put this novel down.

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age 13+

Does not dissapoint!

Ellen Hopkins is by far my favorite author, this was the second novel that I read by her and it has been my favorite so far! If your child is mature, I strongly recommend that he or she reads this book. Yes there are some sexy parts and mature themes, but more mature teens will get a better understanding about life in general after reading this book. After all, one of the reasons I enjoy reading Hopkins' books is that she addresses each gritty subject beautifully through prose and poetry. While some may find her book and this book depressing, I personally enjoy that she shows what real life can be like, and how her characters manage their ordeals. Definitely recommend!

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