my take: this is a slight novel, as in small in size, and packs a big emotional impact. this book has stayed in my mind for a year. narrated by a teen age girl with an abusive father in very simple prose, i fell in love with katie and my heart broke for her. a story of longing and aching. kinda sad, but hopeful.

my source: my mother’s toss pile – making room for new books on her shelves

my recommend: i saw this on a list of teen reads, which may explain the layout and language, but definitely an adult read

my rating: quiet, devastating