Author: Sonya Sones
To be published: October 18th 2016 by HarperTeen
Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5)
Date Read: October 9th-11th, 2016
Right before winter break, fourteen-year-old Molly Rosenberg reluctantly volunteers to participate in Santa Monica’s annual homeless count, just to get her school’s community service requirement out of the way. But when she ends up meeting Red, a spirited homeless girl only a few years older than she is, Molly makes it her mission to reunite her with her family in time for Christmas. This turns out to be extremely difficult—because Red refuses to talk about her past. There are things Molly won’t talk about either. Like the awful thing that happened last winter. She may never be ready to talk about that. Not to Red, or to Cristo, the soulful boy she meets while riding the Ferris wheel one afternoon.
When Molly realizes that the friends who Red keeps mentioning are nothing more than voices inside Red’s head, she becomes even more concerned about her well-being. How will Molly keep her safe until she can figure out a way to get Red home? In Sonya Sones’ latest novel, two girls, with much more in common than they realize, give each other a new perspective on the meaning of family, friendship, and forgiveness.
I liked this book! It was my first time to read a novel written in verse (except for those we were required to read in school), and I think I want to read more books written this way because it doesn’t need a lot of mushy descriptions. Every verse of this goes straight to the point but has appeal, and you can see the creativity.
“It isn’t always about you, you know. People have places to go.”
The main character is Molly, a kind-hearted teenage girl. She does not have friends, only her service dog, Pixel, who also assists her during her panic attacks. Then there’s Red, a homeless schizoaffective girl who Molly found during her community service. Then Cristo, a nice boy whom she met at the carnival. The characters were all flawed but they were not annoying. I like how Molly, at a young age, felt the need to help others and that she is strong to overcome the issues she faced.
“I was under the impression that when you forgave people, you did it to make them feel better, Now I see that it works the other way around: forgiving people makes you feel better.”
There were also books mentioned but I don’t like that it gave a not-so-good impression to Fifty Shades of Grey. The book did not kept my attention and interest that much. Nevertheless, it is a good book and can give lessons and inspirations to its readers.