A decade long string of foster families have stripped fifteen year old Cassie Carlson of the ability to trust the people around her.
Mrs. D, Cassie’s case worker, is sure her newest foster family could be her last. Cassie is not so confident. She clings to the memory of her deceased mother and fears betraying that memory by agreeing to an adoption.
Despite the Bender’s best efforts to make her feel at home, Cassie keeps them at arms length. That carefully crafted wall begins to break down after meeting Jeremy. When she observes the almost hostile way people at their school treat him she feels drawn to his side, commiserating in his outcast status. Even when she sees things that make her wonder about Jeremy’s past.
Jeremy is blind and always has a believable story and a dazzling smile to excuse his out of place bruises. But when Jeremy reveals that his stories have all been a lie, a cover for his father’s violent temper, Cassie is left with a choice.
Will she keep Jeremy’s secret and abandon him to a world that has already taken so much from him? Or will she break her promise and doom him to the very same foster system she has spent her entire life wishing to escape?
|Publisher:||Emily J. Vaughan|
|File size:||165 KB|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Emily J. Vaughan is the author of several works of fiction, though most live in ragged composition notebooks under her desk. 'I'm On Your Side' is the first to make it out of the notebook and into the world. She is also the author of several online articles written for travel, entertainment and lifestyle websites. She is a mid-twenties yankee transplant living in Georgia alongside her best friend and husband of three years.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book brings on "The Feels!" You know, nothing hurts me more than when children are hurt. Sometimes, in a fictional story, it's necessary. In stories like this one, regardless of the age, it hurts. In I'm On Your Side by Emily J. Vaughan, choices are made, lines are drawn against a world that seems to be against them and in situations like the ones in this tale, someone always gets hurt. The story is about Cassie. She's trash; that's the way she sees herself anyway. As a foster child, when your only possessions are thrown into a garbage bag before leaving what could have been considered home, that's an understandable perception. She's not and enter into the PSA of the story. This story touches my heart because there are a few aspects of the story to pay attention to. I won't say exactly what they are, but let me just say this, one of the issues holds a problem that is near and dear to my heart. I wish I could say what it is, but that would be a SPOILER and you know I don't do those! Ugh- it's killing me! What I can say is, this story isn't one of those where anything negative is glorified. There is no celebrated suicide, no Jane Austen quotes and no fashionable depression. It's a story of acceptance, love, friendship and doing the right thing. I enjoyed this book . Check out and know that you will love it for what it is: A good book. "NEXT!" **Book was provided by author for an honest review. For more review: http://tinyurl.com/hpl6j8l