Thirteen-year-old Samantha’s father is an alcoholic. When he is sober, he is a great guy, but when he is drunk, he is scary and abusive. With her mother in denial and a four-year-old brother to protect, Sam writes a note asking for advice and leaves it in the library, hoping an older girl she admires will write back to her. So begins a correspondence in which Sam opens up about her father’s alcoholism as well as her crush on an older boy. In return, the letter writer, who goes only by initials, reveals some hard truths.
I really liked this book. Alcoholism is something that is hard to deal with and many people don’t like to talk about those kinds of things. Writing anonymously to someone you don’t know seems like something I would do and be able to work through some tough things without embarrassment. Highly Recommended. – Jessica, Teen Librarian