This was an amazing book about a young girl dealing with the loss of her family. Not only does she have to deal with the loss of her dad and sister but she has to deal with her mom’s abandonment as well. I thought it was beautifully written and accurately portrayed. I thought all the characters were so real; they could be anyone you know. I found all the situations and the feelings real to life; nothing seemed forced or faked to me. I especially thought that Aubrey’s reactions and actions all seemed very genuine. I have never had to deal with her situation but I imagine that her feelings are pretty typical. She is feeling grief at the loss of her family, she doesn’t want her mom to get in trouble yet she is angry at her mom for abandoning her, she isn’t sure if she can be happy in her new life or if she wants to go back to her mom. I thought this book was wonderful…definitely a must read. this is a 2011-12 Missouri Mark Twain Award nominee.