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Solace of the Road

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Beautiful, gritty, and hopeful runaway teen story.

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This is a beautiful and gritty story about the resiliency of a teen girl who has suffered greatly for the actions of a dysfunctional mother. Dowd has created such an authentic voice for Holly and nestled her narration inside a story that reveals itself a bit at a time to both the reader and to Holly herself. She finds she can no longer hide from her past; she longs for the love of her mother as any child does and is driven to find it. Holly is not only brave, she is funny and naive and hopeful, and the reader can't help but hope that she will survive and get to experience a loving family and a good life. The characterizations are rich and imperfect; although readers may predict what she finds at the end of journey, they will be surprised at how she gets there and what happens next. Good both for teens who will never experience the life of an abused child, and for those who already have.

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