By: Laurie Halse Anderson
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For as long as she can remember, Hayley and her father have been on the move. Her dad, an ex–war veteran, is suffering from PTSD, and trying to run from his haunting memories. When they finally settle down in the town her dad grew up in, Hayley thinks it’s a fresh start for both of them. But soon it’s clear that her father is just getting worse, and it’s only a matter of time before all the depression he’s drowning in comes crashing down.
Parents should be aware that it contains:
• A brief comment against heterosexual families
• Profanity (b*tch, godd*mn, sh*t, and one F-word)
• Teens making out and nearly having sex
• Drinking, drug usage, and smoking
• Violence (flashbacks of war and death; some fighting and slapping)
• Attempted suicide
This young adult standalone doesn’t fail to deliver Laurie Halse Anderson’s trademark realistic take on a range of serious and emotional topics, this time focusing on PTSD, bad parenting, drugs and alcohol, and divorce. Because of the heavy themes, language, and a make out scene, I wouldn’t recommend this for young or immature teens.
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