After Ivy is forced to move to "the wrong side of the tracks" due to economic hard times, she discovers that not everything--or everyone--is what they seem, even herself. Fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen will love this funny, poignant, and relatable story.Read more...
After Ivy is forced to move to "the wrong side of the tracks" due to economic hard times, she discovers that not everything--or everyone--is what they seem, even herself. Fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen will love this funny, poignant, and relatable story.
When Ivy Emerson's family loses their house--complete with her beloved piano--the fear of what's to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Forced to give up her allowance, her cell phone, and the window seat in her lilac-colored bedroom, Ivy moves with her family from her affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, aka "the wrong side of the tracks." Hiding the truth from her friends--and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own--seems like a good idea at first. But when the bad-boy-next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy's carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.
Once things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some surprising new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. And she may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-25
- Reviewer: Staff
When 16-year-old Ivy Emerson and her family are forced to move to the “poor” side of town after the bank forecloses on their home, Ivy’s charmed life is replaced by one in which her family is crammed into a shoebox-sized house, she has no money to go out with her friends, and her mother shops for groceries at a food bank. Debut author Roat uses the intensity of major life changes to force Ivy to reevaluate everything she believes about herself, her friends, and her family. Ivy’s understandable bitterness and shame eventually give way to discoveries about what is—and isn’t—important in life, especially in the case of her neighbor Lennie, who has a reputation as her school’s “most notorious druggie,” but turns out to be kind and generous. As Ivy tries to choose between Lennie and a boy who represents a connection to her former life, the novel’s romantic and economic stakes feel too transparently tied to an overarching message about looking beyond appearances and material wealth. Ages 14–up. Agent: Steven Chudney, Chudney Agency. (June)