Recommended Age: 10-16+
Thank You Candlewick Press for providing me with a copy of this book. It means the world to me!
When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There’s just one problem—Gage doesn’t actually have a place to live.
When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment. He and Ari have been “couch surfing,” staying with Gage’s friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gage’s girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama? Told in an open, authentic voice, this nuanced story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way
Well I am actually surprised that I didn’t really like Ari the main character. I just felt like for a girl who’s eleven she shouldn’t know this much or at some points I didn’t buy that there was just no bad weather or all of that stuff. For the most part I think I imagined Ari to be older maybe thirteen or fourteen but definitely not eleven. I don’t know if it’s just me so if you’ve read this book tell me what you thought!
Man this book was a wild ride. I loved it and felt a lot of emotions during this book. This is definantly an emotion playing book. Well Not a sobbing, in tears book but you really feel bad at people and in some part you even just want to grab this book and throw it against the wall because your so mad at one of the charaters. But fortuanately I grabbed my book before my other hand threw it. (: I also loved meeting some of the homeless people and they all seemed really happy. But I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to have a crabby homeless person and then turn nice, just a thought.
Well like I said before the author didn’t really have me convinced that this was an eleven year old speaking or her story. I also I felt like there was a little too much drama But… overall I give this book four stars and would recommend this to almost anybody!