Roam

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 04 Feb 2019

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Most of us have never experienced being homeless. And if we're very lucky, we never will. Not so for seventeen-year-old Abby.
Being in high school is hard. It's even harder when you're keeping a secret that could ruin your social standing. In Abby's case, that secret is that she and her family are homeless. It wasn't always this way. Once upon a time,  not so long ago, they had everything. A nice house, good jobs, friends, all that a teenage girl could want.  
But one mistake led to another, and one stroke of bad luck piled on top of another. And just like that, Abby finds herself living in the family's van. Eating at soup kitchens, cleaning up in public bathrooms, trying to stay warm while sleeping in parking lots...it's a lot for anyone to handle. Abby's determined, however, to overcome this gigantic obstacle. With the help of some new friends, will she be able to do it?
I loved this story from beginning to end. It's a reminder of how quickly things can change, of how everything can be gone in the blink of an eye. And it's also a reminder that we never truly know what someone is going through.
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An important topic to be added to the YA lit. world. I applaud the author’s honest and poignant telling of this story of homelessness and the battles that accompany it. Both heart-wrenching and timely, it shows just how easily soneone’s life can take a devasting turn. It is lesson in humanity that some of our students will understand firsthand, but also one that many more need to understand.
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This book was a fast paced novel, that gave readers a great sense of the struggles of homelessness and how it can affect anyone.  Highly recommend to anyone wanting to read an inspiring story that reminds us not to take what we have for granted! I especially enjoyed the many details and well constructed writing of the author that allowed readers to easily slip into Abby's world.
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I appreciate this novel about homelessness so much because too many of our students are living this life and no one knows. If we can provide books such as Roam, students will feel a little less alone. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to be an early reader.
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Story of homeless teen trying to adjust to new school and friends while concealing details of family life. Predictable scenarios. Written in the first person with descriptive details of living situation ( living in a van with mother, stepfather, and sister; soup kitchens; obtaining services via church; mother and stepfathers' search for employment) yet writing seems simple.

Informative yet not engrossing read.
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I stayed up all night just to finish this book. A great YA read that focuses on a homeless girl and her family. It’s definitely a story I have not read before and I loved the main character right away. The flashbacks from her life before homelessness really added to the story. The only reason it received 4 stars instead of 5 was because I felt things were too wrapped up in the end. Very nice and pretty in a perfect box. It made it less believable.
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This is the book every high school student should read.  The author did a great job of creating a real world story about characters you would actually meet in high school.  Abby Lunde isn't your typical high school student and has been dealt a rough hand in life.  It doesn't get more real than this. The story is well written and completely enjoyable following Abby through her senior year of high school.
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Tfalcone's review Jul 27, 2018  ·  edit
really liked it

Thank you NetGalley for the free ARC. 

Teenager's telling of what happens when you suddenly lose your home and have to leave your hometown and live in your car. Much about the social stigma and anger at parents who were responsible. Well done and realistic.
Thank you NetGalley for the free ARC. 

Teeanger's telling of what happens when you suddenly lose your home and have to leave your hometown and live in your car. Much about the social stigma and anger at parents who were responsible. Well done and realistic.
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What a Beautiful, heart wrenching, life affirming story! The characters are realistic,  have depth and develop perfectly during this book.i love that this story focuses on the epidemic of homeless families, scrounging to get back on their feet who,d going through the motions of everyday life. Additionally, this is a story of survival, forgiveness and the willingness of some good people to help others. This is an important book that I think teens and YA fans need to read to help us build the supports needed to understand and help our increasing numbers of homeless families hidden in plain sight. Thank you to the author for this story.
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