My Lost and Found Life
  • My Lost and Found Life
  • My Lost and Found Life

My Lost and Found Life

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by Melodie Bowsher
     
 

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Ashley Mitchell thinks she has the perfect life: popularity, a hot boyfriend, and great fashion sense. But Ashley's world falls apart when her mother is accused of embezzling a million dollars, and no one can find her. Before she can say Dolce & Gabbana, Ashley's life goes from perfect to pathetic. With questions growing about her mother and her money quickly

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Ashley Mitchell thinks she has the perfect life: popularity, a hot boyfriend, and great fashion sense. But Ashley's world falls apart when her mother is accused of embezzling a million dollars, and no one can find her. Before she can say Dolce & Gabbana, Ashley's life goes from perfect to pathetic. With questions growing about her mother and her money quickly disappearing, Ashley is forced to make some drastic changes in her life. With nowhere else to go, she moves into an old camper behind a gas station and takes a job in a quirky San Francisco coffee shop where she wouldn't have been caught dead a month ago. But life at Mad Malcolm's Cyber Café isn't what she expected. At the Madhouse she finds friends, confidence, and courage to start putting her life back together. But will Ashley ever have the chance to share her new life with her mother?

This heartfelt coming of age story will resonate with every daughter who ever took her mother for granted, and every young woman who must step out on her own and not just survive, but thrive.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cynthia Winfield
Self-absorbed, pampered, homecoming-queen-beautiful Ashley is days from graduating from Burlingame High and jetting to Hawaii with the senior class, when her bookkeeper mother vanishes and becomes wanted by police for embezzlement. Faced with mounting bills and imminent eviction from her lavish home, Bowsher's initially shallow character passes denial and struggles through multiple difficulties, growing from entitled suburban brat into a responsible, respectful, gainfully employed societal member. On her journey, Ashley ventures beyond her safety zone: partying with wild Tatiana, moving into a camper-trailer behind a gas station, watching her best friend Nicole leave for college, finding work in a funky city cyber cafT and coming to value its unique clientele, befriending a grandfather figure, finding-and losing-love, and ultimately enrolling in college. Adults maintain significance throughout, including her mother's best friend and her mother's ex-boyfriend (both of whom initially view her as spoiled and demanding) Nicole's mother whose dislike is obvious, and the earnest Officer Strobel. Engrossed readers witness Ashley's amazing, wholly unexpected transformation with satisfaction and pride. What teens will read as a riveting adventure, adults might see as empowering teen readers. Ashley develops into a complex, admirable young woman. Useful in classrooms as a vehicle for discussion of plot and character development, instrumental for engaging reluctant readers, and decidedly satisfying for all, this book belongs in schools and libraries where readers age twelve to twenty-seven can enjoy and learn from it.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Bowsher convincingly develops the unique voice of a young woman sliding from being a San Francisco suburban "Valley Girl" into homelessness. At the opening of the story, Ashley is an abrasive, catty snob just days away from high school graduation. Soon enough, however, the police are knocking on her door. Apparently the family's life of luxury has been financed by embezzled funds, and her mother has disappeared without a word. Ashley doesn't know what to believe, but she has no time to sit around wondering. She has to go to work, her boyfriend isn't as loyal as she might have hoped, and all the while she's dealing with the criminal investigation. By the end, Ashley has shed her judgmental pretension and is simply a feisty young woman with a tough exterior. This captivating story reads more like a journal than a novel. Though it is not high literature, it is a quick, easy read.-Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The travails of a suddenly poor little rich girl fail to sparkle. Debut author Bowsher has a great concept: Wealthy, spoiled 17-year-old Ashley's mother is accused of embezzling millions and disappears, forcing Ashley to give up her material girl existence, get a job and move into her mother's ex-boyfriend's camper van behind his gas station. But she finds that self-reliance has benefits, including romance with an older Irishman. Unfortunately, the writing is dry and obvious; rather than saying things, characters tease, jibe, quip and so on. Narrated five years after the events of the story, there is little sense of Ashley now, although she says she has grown and changed. Some solid elements, such as the odd cast of characters she falls in with, are lost in ineffective plot points (a fire, a collapsed lung) and a lack of depth. For a better take on the glitzier side of an absentee parent, try Michael Simmons's Finding Lubchenko (2005), or Martha Brooks's True Confessions of a Heartless Girl (2003) for finding a new "family" in unexpected places. (Fiction. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582347363
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/22/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.33(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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