When her sister runs away from home, Caitlin is left to deal with the emotional fallout. Unable to live up to the idealised view of her missing sister, she withdraws into herself, keeping her life - and her flourishing relationship with Rogerson - a secret even from her best friend. So when Rogerson starts hitting her, she keeps it all inside, her ...Read MoreWhen her sister runs away from home, Caitlin is left to deal with the emotional fallout. Unable to live up to the idealised view of her missing sister, she withdraws into herself, keeping her life - and her flourishing relationship with Rogerson - a secret even from her best friend. So when Rogerson starts hitting her, she keeps it all inside, her only outlet for her pain a diary, addressed to her missing sister...Read Less
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This was for my granddaughter as a Christmas present. She loves to read and likes this author
Nov 18, 2008
I would give this book 50 million stars
I just finished this book til this day it is Tuesday November 18, 2008 1:42AM ( I can't sleep and plus I had to finish this book)
I loved it. It was simpily superb and delicate in it's own way. The story of Caitlin and those around her will touch and draw you in chapter by chapter, page by page. Have plenty of tissues near you because you will cry and root for her in the end to make the right choice. She has to be able to wake up in order to do so.
Great story on teen domestic violence, love and finding your own person.
Apr 10, 2008
wow. What a truly heartfelt book. This book just makes you cry cry cry, but in the end you still love it. At first you like her new love, but then when you realize that he is a bad man, it stinks. The book really is great, but the only part that I didn't like was how it ends. Other than that = awesome.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-02-04 Caitlin's perfect sister runs away from home and she finds herself trying to fill the gap the absence creates. "The characterizations have an unmistakable depth," said PW. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-09-04 Caitlin O'Koren has always had to follow in the footsteps of her perfect older sister, Cassandra (homecoming queen, soccer star, student body president, soup kitchen volunteer). When Cassandra runs away from home, Caitlin finds herself trying to fill the gap Cass's absence creates. Shortly after, when she meets mysterious Rogerson Biscoe (a bad boy of the type Dessen hinted at in Someone Like You), Caitlin sees a way to forge a path for herself, away from Cass's shadow and the expectations weighing on her. Rogerson seems vaguely ominous, but Caitlin is taken by surprise when he first gets violent with her. Unwilling to give up the freedom she thinks her relationship gives her, she withdraws from her friends, starts failing in school and drifts into confusion. Her parents, the stereotypically meddling mom and stiff, emotionally distant father, and her close neighbors, two touchy-feely ex-hippies, are so caught up in their own concerns, and particularly in Cassandra's disappearance, that they fail to notice the difference in Caitlin (including what seems to be alarming physical evidence), pushing the limits of plausibility. For all these shortcuts, however, the characterizations have an unmistakable depth; readers may grow impatient with Caitlin and the obliviousness of her nearest and dearest, but they will believe she is real. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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