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From Barnes & NobleFrom the first words of this intriguing true story, the reader is hooked. The book is written by Tina, a homeless, drug-addicted runaway, with help from Jamie, one of the people who helped Tina get off the streets. Tina is a cherub-faced young girl who leaves her dysfunctional family and joins her friend April. The two live in the tunnels of Grand Central Station, along with other homeless kids. Escaping her welfare-ridden family and entering the "cool" world of drugs and independence, Tina thinks that things are not that bad. But before she knows it, she is smoking crack, stealing and barely surviving. After April's suicide at the age of 19, Tina realizes that she has to get out.
The details of Tina's life with the adored April may alarm some readers, but that just may be the point. Unearthing the lifestyle of this group of Tunnel dwellers should surprise and captivate. The book is written in alternating chapters, one chapter describing the Tunnel life and the next one describing her long road to recovery. The writing is not hokey or preachy. Rather, it is raw emotion and straightforward talk. It is a surprising and thorough journey into the mind of a girl who took a turn for the worst, struggled, and finally came out of the dark.