Wreath Willis just watched her mother die in her arms and only hours later is on the run. She has something that her mother's last abusive boyfriend, Big Fun, wants and will do anything to get it. Wreath makes lists for just about everything and the most important one is this: find a place to live, get a job, graduate high school and avoid notice. She finds herself in small town in Louisiana and meets an array of peculiar characters. Clarice is a lawyer in town who happens to show up offering help at all the wrong times according to Wreath. Law is the cute boy who ends up really liking Wreath and has more in common with her then they both realize. Julia is a teacher at the school who really wants to be an artist and connects to Wreath through art and school. Finally there is Faye who is an older lady running the furniture store in town. While Wreath navigates her senior year of high school she finds it more and more difficult to go unnoticed and this cast of characters are with her every step of the way and really work hand in hand to help her out and most importantly provide a home and life for her.
This is not your typical young adult book and there really needs to more like this out in the market. Many young adult books deal with the same old high school drama and while they have a place they don't really tug at your heart. Wreath wraps you up into the story and makes you really feel for her. It makes you really question life and what people are dealing with. Each character in this book is going through something whether it is death in the family, abuse, feeling frustrated that life is going as planned and more.
I loved this book and would love to read more books like it. I really hope Judy Christie writes more young adult fiction since she did an amazing job with her first. This book did not take me long to read at all since I was so invested into the story and had to know how everything will turn out. There were times that Wreath made me mad at her because I just wanted her to accept the help so many were trying to give. At other times I cheered her on as she excelled in school. I recommend this book to all teen girls and even adults too! Way to go Judy Christie on a great book!
*I received this book from netgalley.com for the purpose of this review