Fifteen-year-old Rae Maddox’s mom, Gina, is a big fan of fresh starts. Gina thinks of them as an adventure, but for Rae, each move is just one more friend lost, one more chance to feel like an outsider. But when they arrive in Wisconsin, Gina promises to stay put until Rae graduates. Cautiously optimistic, she wades into the social whirl at Whitman High School, making a few friends and even earning a chance at love. But when the vice principal pairs her with fellow newbie Allison Daly, Rae’s tentative happiness is jeopardized. It seems Allison was orphaned after her parents died in a suspicious house fire, leaving their daughter to bounce between relatives’ homes. When a sleepover at Rae’s house goes terribly wrong, Rae sees a troubling side of Allison—and learns a few secrets about her own mother in the process. Suddenly Rae is at risk of losing everything and everyone she cares about—unless she steps up and takes charge of her life once and for all.
|Product dimensions:||5.57(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.52(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Karen McQuestion’s essays have appeared in Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. Originally self-published as a Kindle e-book, A Scattered Life became the first self-published Kindle book to ever be optioned for film. McQuestion lives with her family in Hartland, Wisconsin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I knew nothing about this book when I started it, and I figured that it would be a typical young adult novel. And indeed, it was. It was one of those books that has a fairly simple message, and it is told in a straightforward style. I can't say I have any major complaints with this novel. The characters seemed to make sense--Rae was definitely likable enough. I think many teens would be able to identify with her situation. I could have done with less profanity at times, but I cannot say it was truly rampant as it has been with some novels I have read. The message is positive, and I would say that most teens would find this book much more exciting than I did. It did seem that everything worked out too well, so I cannot say this is a realistic book in most instances. It is typical, but the writing style is easy to read. Overall, it receives a 3-star rating from me.