Title: Free Verse
Author: Sarah Dooley
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Free Verse is one of those books that is going to hit you hard. Definitely harder than you would think a middle grade novel would hit... At least that was the case for me.
Free Verse is about Sasha. Her father had died in an accident at the mine. Her mother had run off. She was being taken care of by her older brother...who then died in a fire. Leaving her alone in the world, with no one to turn to.
She and her brother had held on to the dream of escaping their small mining town, and it is a dream she finds hard to let go of after he is gone. So she has a tendency to run.
Sasha ends up in the foster system, being taken care of by a lady who lives in her small town. And then it turns out that her new neighbors are actually family members of hers.
Sasha gets to learn more about the family and becomes close, especially with her younger cousin - who just may have more problems than she does.
So, I already told you that this was a hard hitting book, and it definitely was. Sasha has a lot of problems due to the things that have happened to her. The loss, the grief, the abandonment. It has all taken its toll on her. She tends to run away a lot when she gets angry or confused.
At one point Sasha finds herself learning about poetry and discovers it as an outlet for her emotions, thus the title Free Verse. I actually thought that the book would have more of the poetry in it than it actually did...so I was a little disappointed in that regards.
Over all though, I did appreciate the message and the story contained within Free Verse. Definitely for those who want an emotional read.
This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.