Her parents are dead. Her only sibling, her brother Eric, has been taken from her. And after her first experience with a foster family goes horribly wrong, nine-year-old Connelly Pierce doesn’t know who, if anyone, she can trust. Her caseworker, a ditzy ex-actress named Lillian, tries her best to help. But an ever-wiser Connelly sees that Lillian can barely take care of herself, let alone help her with her ever-worsening situation.
Then, a chance encounter with her brother at a San Francisco emergency room changes everything. Eric tells her that his own foster parents have divorced, kicking him back into “the system” just like her. When she later learns that Eric has disappeared, running away to New York City, now fourteen-year-old Connelly knows what she has to do. She’s going to run away as well. She’s going to New York to find Eric. And then, together, the both of them will have the family that the system could never provide. But what she doesn’t know, but begins to understand the deeper she descends into her darkening journey, is that quests of this magnitude, often come with consequences to match.
SO MANY EMOTIONS. It was much better than the first book.
I give this a solid 4/5 stars. Unlike the first book where Connelly’s life seems to get worse and worse, this book is a roller coaster. I have to admit that the first 50 pages or so were pretty slow. But the book completely picked up after that, when just as her life is coming together as a promising art student, her new dynamic changes, and Connelly makes a complete life changing decision to run away. The consequences of this are so scary and intense. By the last sentence, I had tears in my eyes.
James Snyder shows how easy it is for someone to go off the deep end – with good intentions. How life can go from bedroom suites and private art schools, hardcore drugs and abuse all in the course of 3 years.
I really don’t know what more to say about this, other than don’t give up because the first 50 pages are slower – it picks up after that AND YOU DON’T WANT TO REGRET MISSING IT.
And I just have to mention the first paragraph of page 53 – OMG.JUST OMG.