by C.H. Armstrong


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ISBN-13: 9781771681513
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 95,600
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

C.H. Armstrong writes issue-driven young adult and women’s fiction, and freelances part time as a magazine columnist. An assignment to cover the twenty-year anniversary of a local soup kitchen, piqued her interest in the homeless community, and inspired Roam.

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Roam 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AFCTL 3 days ago
I read Roam on a complete whim. It was a book that I was honestly worried to read. A homeless teen who wants to hide it from their peers? It sounds like fanfiction in every way. But there I was, lounging in the sun, burning to an absolute pile of ash when I thought ‘lets just do it’. So I opened up the file on my kindle, and here we are. I’ll admit, this review is long overdue, and I'm not good at time management. But I was, okay. It was a pleasant book to read. I wasn’t extremely overwhelmed but there were a few things that kept me really hooked. I found that the writing style of ‘Roam’ was very relaxed, and that made it very easy to read. The flashbacks in the story gave me a lot of insight to the characters and made the story more complicated and interesting. And I would be lying if Isaid I didn’t enjoy the book, I was just slightly underwhelmed. The love story seemed extremely thought out, and it showed through the writing, as I felt that it seemed very predictable and easy. I did really enjoy this novel, and if contemporary is what you want, then this is certainly one to read. You feel with the characters and let the book play on you for a bit. Stopping every now and then builds up your suspense and enjoyment, well, it did for me. The family ties are so strong and I’m sure that this is something people will enjoy.
connieb27 10 days ago
I received a netgalley of Roam by C.H. Armstrong, in exchange for an honest review. Abby is a 17 year old senior who is new to town. Due to indiscretions on her mother's behalf, they are homeless. Abby tries to juggle being a normal teenager while trying to hide her secret of being without a home. Abby tries to meet challenges and keep hope alive. You feel for her character and it gives you a glimpse into what many others are facing today. I found it to be an enlightening read.
CatarinaF 12 days ago
This story is interesting because we get to see how life it’s unstable. One moment everything is alright and the next second you are sleeping in the van, in a couple of months or just weeks. I liked the story line. See how the family must do to get their needs satisfied. It’s shows how hard is to be homeless, how hard is to have a job that’s not enough to help you survive. The people who passes through these hard issues are true fighters. It’s very hard! And, if being homeless is hard, imagine being homeless with your children. Despair, torment, feeling hopeless, can’t even imagine how a parent can feel in this situation. This book is perfect showing that, a story of survival, forgiveness and the willingness of some good people to help others in need. Abby is a strong character and realistic, she’s very grown up and knows perfectly her responsibilities and issues. At the same time, she desires to have a normal life with her friends and boyfriend knowing it can maker her lifer even hard and she’s not perfect, that’s way she’s a good character. I like Zach but feels like is missing a little, he’s too perfect. In some way is the dream boyfriend every girl wants though in reality, you will get suspicious. Too nice? Maybe is sociopath, oh well. Let’s not forget Abby’s enemy, Trish. Of course, there’s always a popular girl trying to mess someone’s life. In general, I liked the characters, every single one shows a part of a normal life, in this case a more difficult life, but the typical connections and roles. I really liked this story! It shown me we can’t take our things and life for granted. Makes me treasure more the life I have and grow a desire to help others. I’m glad I read this book.
WhisperingStories 12 days ago
Abby Lunde at just Seventeen years-old is going through one of the toughest times of her life. Not only have her family consisting of Mum, Stepdad Nick and little sister Amber had to move cities, they also don’t have anywhere to live and are currently living in the families van, as well as not having enough money for food so are relying on homeless places and churches to feed them. Abby’s Mum made a terrible decision that cost her, her job as a teacher. Nick was then was made redundant and with no money coming in, losing their home and the whole town turning against them Nick decided to take the family to Rochester where he knew they could get help. Now Abby is in a new school, trying to make new friends, whilst trying to keep the biggest secret she has ever kept – She is homeless. C.H. Armstrong knows how to write an incredible plot that is not only educational and eye-opening, it is heart-warming too. Abby was your typical teenager. She had good friends, a nice school and a roof over her head, then through no fault of her own, but one that her mum caused by a lack of judgement all that was taken away from her. Her best friends turned on her and made her life hell and with losing their home the family had no option but to pack up and leave and live in their van. The book is set in the USA and I’m in the UK and it’s hard to think that this family would be left to live in their van as this just wouldn’t happen in the UK, we have emergency housing, shelters, hostels, charities for those families that are homeless. unfortunately, not so much help if you are single and homeless though. The book is told from Abby’s perspective as she tries to fit in and actually makes some lovely new friends but she is always wondering what will happen when they find out she has nothing, will they dump her like her old school friends. She is quite rightly cagey and worried. Even little things like using her lunch card which she uses to buy her dinner using the states free school dinner scheme for those on low income, or having to brush her teeth and have a quick washing in the school bathroom before school starts. Her friends including Josh, Wendy, Tera, and Zach are all likeable and fit the story perfectly. Zach is her love interest and I’ve heard people say that it’s not realistic that they would have begun dating so quickly. I’m sorry but this is not true. It does happen, especially with teenagers. I’ve been there and so have most of my friends I grew up with. I love that Josh calls all the girls by Disney names – Abby becomes Ariel because of her red hair. I actually used to know someone who did something similar though his were movie character names. There had to be one person who took an instant dislike to Abby, the villain of the book, Trisha. I’ve met my share of girls like her. The type who think that it’s fun to bully others or try to shame them someway, trouble is what they don’t realise is that it makes more of a statement about themselves than it does about others. I had one little niggle and that was with her sister Amber calling her ‘sister’ all the time rather than Abby. This is explained in the book as to why she does it but it is still really annoying, though Amber is a little cutie and will make you laugh. Overall the book was a wonderful, poignant read and I enjoyed it the whole way through. I learned a lot about Rochester and homelessness too.
Bluemoons 15 days ago
Roam is a YA novel that revolves around homelessness, family and friendship. I really liked how the author portrayed how easy it was for the MC and her family to become homeless and the ways in which they struggled. I became more aware of what homeless people go through and what services are available for them. Roam is also a book about family and although there is conflict within the MC's family, in the end, they band together and try to take equal responsibility. As well, I like how positive friendships and relationship were highlighted in the story. I also think the flashbacks were utilised very well. Things in the MC's current life trigger memories from similar but traumatic situations and from this we gradually learn about her past and what she has been through to make it hard to trust her friends with the truth of her homelessness. The novel ends off on a very hopeful note, with the message that one shouldn't be ashamed or embarassed of things that are out of their control. As far as the writing and characters go, I thought it was quite good. Nothing special but they really carried the message and ideas well, which I think are the star qualities of this book. Overall, Roam is quick read that shines a light on the underrepresented issue of homelessness. 3.75 stars
Anonymous 17 days ago
This was an absolutely incredible, beautifully-written, and heart-rending read. Abby Lunde is a senior in high school, and her life is basically going to pot. After her mother (who is a teacher at Abby's school) is caught in a compromising position with one of the school's coaches, she loses her job and things only go downhill from there. Her stepdad, Nick, also loses his job when around the same time the company he works for goes bankrupt. When they can't pay their bills, Abby's parents are forced to pack up the bare necessities, Abby, and her little sister Amber, in their beat-up old van and move to Rochester, Minnesota, Nick's old hometown where he knows there are at least some decent support programs for homeless people. At this point, amid intense bullying from ex-friends as well as the rest of the school, there's nothing left for Abby there anyway. When she arrives at her new high school in Rochester to start her senior year, Abby quickly meets new friends - and a possible enemy - but is terrified to let anyone know about her family's secret struggles, lest she face the same horrible situation that she dealt with before finally leaving her old life behind. Personally I've never before read any book where the main character faced and dealt with homelessness, much less a teen dealing with such a struggle. Most of the time when homelessness comes up in any kind of discussion, a main phrase you hear at least once is "I can't even imagine...". But C.H. Armstrong DOES imagine a whole situation like this out for us, in incredible detail, and from someone who's never personally been in this kind of situation, the emotions put through ring very true to the best that I can imagine one feeling. The helplessness, embarrassment, hunger, and cold among other discomforts - it was heartbreaking to read even a fictional story of a teen and her sister who is just a child undergoing this kind of a struggle, and yet so many teens and kids face problems like this everyday; although Abby Lunde's story is fictional the problem the story presents is very real..... I could go on and on, but I'll wrap up by saying that I cannot recommend this book highly enough; it's a highly relevant novel in today's society and honestly I just think everyone needs to read it.