“I’ve got seven days to come clean to my new dad. Seven days to tell the truth…”
For sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly, life hasn’t been safe or normal for a while. Losing her mom to cancer has her a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she’s never known.
Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters—and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn’t fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home—or get along with her standoffish sister London. The only thing that makes her new life even remotely bearable is the strange boy across the street. Marcus McKinney has had his own experiences with death, and the unexpected friendship that blossoms between them is the only thing that makes her feel grounded.
But Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he’s Tiffany’s real dad—and she only has seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test and the truth comes out. With her life about to fall apart all over again, Tiffany finds herself discovering unexpected truths about her father, her mother and herself, and realizing that maybe family is in the bonds you make—and that life means sometimes taking risks.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
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Tiffany’s Mother dies and she is sent to live with her father who she had never met, his wife and their 4 daughters. Chaos ensues! Have tissues ready!!!
Tiffany Sly Live Here Now is a lot about family, about learning to live in a new life, about open and honest communication, and about understanding one another. Tiffany comes to live with her estranged father after her mother's death, a person who she has never met, and who she learns, upon arrival at the house, already has a wife and four other daughters. There's a lot about her new family that is uncomfortable to her, starting with their religious faith, their borderline abusive house rules, the one sister who doesn't like her and and her father who is distant and unavailable. Still, she gives herself a week, as she knows of another man who claims to be her father and who wants a DNA test, and who seems cool enough. Tiffany's story is a lot about adjustments, but also about staying true to yourself. Her narration is sprinkled with dry humor, as she internally muses over absurd things about her new family, like their dinner choices, or the fact that they are uber rich and she wasn't (or that she is darker than them), or the private prep school where she is the new girl. She has in that constant phase as she has to decide how much to push, how much to let go, and this is compounded by her anxiety and their not understanding the latter. Fortunately, she finds a friend in Marcus, the neighbor boy, who is considered a freak by nearly everyone he meets. As for her father, she frequently challenges and calls out when his behavior is getting too much, while also hoping and not hoping for him to be her dad. His rigid control over his house, his strong beliefs are antithetical to her, and it takes time and communication to bridge that gap. The strong writing, and good pace, as well as the rep for anxiety are the highlights of the book.