Addie describes her life as one that goes through a lot of "twists and turns." The book opens as she and her mother are moving into a trailer, since she and Addie's stepfather have separated. Addie is able to find charm in her new home, even though she misses her little sisters, who are living with her stepfather. Addie has dyslexia, which makes some of her schoolwork a challenge, but she is extremely smart about people, and develops a support system to the best of her ability. Still, she can't quite overcome the fact that her mother is unreliable, whether she is spending money they don't have on things they won't use, or staying away for a few days without telling Addie where she is.
This is a book that makes you want to keep reading, because, in spite of all the things about Addie's life that are disappointing, she has a number of resources in her corner. The non-traditional family structures may be off-putting to some readers, while others will be relieved to find them in print.
This book includes some content such as references to menstruation, a character undergoing chemotheraphy, and parental neglect, which may require some sensitivity if used in class discussions and/or read alouds, depending on individual student needs.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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