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Almost Home by Jessica Blank
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Almost Home (edition 2007)

by Jessica Blank (Author)

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Title:Almost Home
Authors:Jessica Blank (Author)
Info:Disney-Hyperion (2007), 256 pages
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A very well-written story of a group of homeless teenagers on the streets of LA. Each character has their own segment, which are skillfully woven together through their common interaction with one particular runaway girl. ( )
  Darth-Heather | Mar 2, 2018 |
This tale of homeless teens suffers from the fact that each character's voice blends seamlessly into the next, rendering them indistinguishable to me. I found it weak, overall. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
It was a great book about a few homeless kids, and the things they go through to eat, sleep and just have money. Q4P4 AHS/April M.
  edspicer | Mar 27, 2012 |
Seven teenagers take turns telling their stories of the reasons they ended up on the streets of Los Angeles. From familial abuse to unsettled dreams to questions of identity, these teens may or may not find what they’re looking for from each other.

ALMOST HOME is the kind of dark, gritty, and painfully real contemporary YA novel that I don’t find myself reading often. Yet if that’s what you’re looking for, then you should read this book. If we’re lucky, most of us will never find ourselves in these teenagers’ situations, but the way Jessica Blank writes about them and their conflicted emotions and desires is mesmerizing. The words on the page are brutally honest, yet lyrical, kind of like seeing a devastating scene in the glow of dazzling dawn light. And what the characters all want are things we can relate to: belonging, love, understanding. ALMOST HOME is compelling, and while you may not even like it while you’re reading it, afterwards you will feel glad that you did. ( )
  stephxsu | Dec 2, 2010 |
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Jessica Blank writes a gritty, raw novel of life on the street for a mismatched group of young kids. Oftentimes graphic and bleak, she crafts a story that reads like a documentary of life on the streets in L.A. Seven individual paths are interwoven with each other, showing that you can touch more lives than you realize.

Eeyore, aka Elly, is the youngest of the bunch. After an embarrassing encounter at school, street smart Tracy takes her under her wing, and Elly runs away from home. Eeyore is not only running from the humiliation of school, but from a horrible home secret that no one would believe.

Rusty is in love with his male teacher, Jim. They were found out and Jim told Rusty to go to Hollywood and he would meet him there once he ties up all the loose ends at home. But it's been over a month and Jim isn't returning his calls and he's running out of money and options fast.

Critter is a drug dealer who has also taken Eeyore under his wing. She adores him and follows him around like a baby bird. Critter tries to protect her from the seedier side of life on the street - drugs and pimps.

Tracy is the weak thread that intertwines through all their lives yet has an unknown quality that captivates everyone. With stringy hair, bad teeth, and empty eyes, Tracy has seen far too much for her young age.

Along with these four and three others, the rough, harsh life of runaways and throwaways is written in a bleak style in ALMOST HOME. Told through the eyes of each of the characters, the reader is left with a new awareness of the realities that can cause young adults to run away from home and family. Many are hoping for a better life from the one they knew, only to find that there are different problems that they will face, such as homelessness, hunger, and poverty. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 9, 2009 |
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Seven teens who live on the streets of Los Angeles and who each have their own hard-luck story, form their own dysfunctional family, complete with love and belonging, abuse and betrayal.

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