By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Published by: Text Publishing
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 9781922182227


For the past five years Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq.

Now they are back in town where he grew up so Hayley can go to a proper school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy's PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?


This is one of the those books that is very hard to put down. It is a wonderful story of friendship, falling in love and, mostly importantly, relationships.

The main character Hayley has had a pretty tough life after her Dad was injured in the war in Iraq. So her family returns to his hometown in the hope that they can settle down and Hayley can go to school every day. Hayley's struggle with her Dad's emotional problems as well as her new friends, especially the gorgeous Finn, make for compelling reading.

It is an insight into a world that most teenagers will never have to deal with and Hayley is a feisty and courageous person that your students will love.

Probably best suited to Year 9 and up and will appeal to both boys and girls.

This book was included in our February 2014 Secondary Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Michelle