Tessa is a young girl stuck in a bad situation at home. Her father not only makes and sells drugs, but forces Tessa to assist him under threat of physical abuse. Her mother does not help the situation and minimizes the problems in their home. Tessa has run away several times, has gotten arrested for shoplifting, and has gotten caught stealing from her mother. Her life seems hopeless and she is unable to change her circumstances. When some neighbors become aware of her situation and Tessa starts learning about God, she becomes a Christian. Even though there is a change in Tessa, is it big enough to change her life?
This book was a little slow at the beginning, but by the end I couldn’t put it down. I think it is a realistic look into a situation that many young people experience every day. The plot is very well-thought out and realistic. The characters are also believable and identifiable. The emotions and actions the characters displayed were realistic.
I think this book would be a great book for teens. Not only teens who are in difficult situations, but any teen. It would be nice to think that they could view some of their peers differently and maybe reach out to them like Heather reached out to Tessa in the book. This is book is also enjoyable for adults. It is inspiring to read how the influence of Tom and his sharing of truth impacted Tessa’s life in a positive way.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think a lot of readers would like this book as well.
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