Running Away to Home by Lita Hooper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS ABOUT IT IN ANY WAY.
Running Away to Home by Lita Hooper is an interesting and unique read.
Summary from Goodreads:
How do you find your way home when your home no longer exists? For 17-year old twin sisters Sammie and Ronnie and their father, Willis, the answer to that question becomes a life raft when they are displaced after Hurricane Katrina.
After leaving New Orleans for Atlanta, Ronnie and Sammie are separated and find themselves living in different parts of the city. Each sister is lured by false promises of love and security as they initially believe the people they encounter.
I thought it was interesting how this book was written in verse. It made it more relatable and true. The verse had a good rhythm. However, the grammar wasn't the greatest. I know that the author is trying to show how some african american teens might really talk, but it didn't work for me. I am someone who can't stand books with improper grammar.
The story itself was pretty good. Ronnie and Sammie are twin sisters. They live in a place that gets hit by Hurricane Katrina. They have to move to New Orleans, and lose each other. The fact that it showed a family displaced after the hurricane was intriguing. It made in more interesting, because it is not a topic usually used in young adult books.
Ronnie and Sammie's dad was a very important character. He was an alcoholic because his wife had died. After his girls had been forced to leave him, he started to miss them and shape up his life to help them once he can find them.
This story was told in many perspectives. It was told in the perspectives of Ronnie, Sammie, Dad, and a few people who they meet along they way. This made it confusing, but at the same time it added to the story.
Overall, this is a decent poetry novel about a unique topic.
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