Wreath is a sixteen year old girl who must grow up and live on her own when her mother dies. The problem is she’s living in a junk yard. It’s her life’s mission to complete high school and go to college, but she doesn’t want to go into foster care for the last year of high school. So she finds a small town where she can slip through the cracks until it’s time to graduate.
Unfortunately, Wreath’s too wonderful to forget, and soon she has a support group of community members who care deeply for her. They all know something is wrong, but no one quite knows what.
Living in a junk yard is only the beginning. What would they say if they knew the secret that didn’t die with her mother? Now her mother’s abusive boyfriend is hunting Wreath down, and getting closer than she knows.
This book is completely fascinating. Wreath’s stubborn determination keeps her going, and sometimes I wish she would just people help her! It’s just her personality though. I thought the details of this book worked together nicely, and the author did a good job of tying up loose ends (like what Wreath did for showering and not being able to get a library card). There were a few things that I questioned how Wreath got around (like not having a social security card to apply for colleges).
There were also a few times where the chapter just ended, and I had no idea what happened to the situation the chapter was working up to. For example, Wreath goes to prom, and then the chapter ends. Minor details come up in the next chapter, but not much. It just seemed like sometimes the passage of time was a little uneven.
Other than that, I really, really enjoyed this book. It was very clean, there was some good suspense, and I don’t think there was really any swearing.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Barbour Books (October 1, 2011)
- Source: Publisher via Netgalley