Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Can we overcome our past? Katie Parker is about to get a new life--whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls' home when she finds herself in over her head. . . and heart. When Katie and her new "wrong crowd" get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she's not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she'll continue her own family's messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.
I enjoyed this book. Katie Parker, sixteen years old, comes to live with a pastor and his wife in a town called "In Between." She doesn't want to be there and tries her best to get sent away. But she gets in a little over her head when she goes out with a crowd of new friends. When she hurts her foster parents more than she planned to, Katie decides to stick it out. But part of her punishment is to read to her foster-grandmother, Maxine, once a week. She is a very energetic, get-it-done-MY-way person. Katie knows she's in for something when Maxine picks her up from school with her two-seater bicycle and her hot pink helmet. Maxine gets Katie to do some crazy things, like, spying on Maxine's secret boyfriend from a tree, only to fall into the pool. Plus, James and Millie, Katie's foster parents, are keeping something from her. They hardly talk to each other, and when they do, it's only to fight. She thinks it has something to do with a daughter, Amy, who is never around. All around, it was an interesting book, and a lot happened for the amount of pages. Not a book that spends 300 pages on nothing.