Melissa doesn’t consider herself abused—Rudy only hits her occasionally when he’s drinking—until she realizes the effect his abuse is having on their child. Finally Melissa leaves Rudy, and she and Cheyenne go to the shelter for battered women. As difficulties with group living arise, however, she misses the good times with Rudy. The clarity of Melissa’s decision soon fades, and she finds herself again in a dangerous situation, more trapped than ever before.
Book 6 in the True-to-Life from Hamilton High Series by Marilyn Reynolds
“Very successful in creating characters that YAs will relate to and be interested in. The plot development successfully depicts the protagonist’s growing awareness of her situation. The dialogue is authentic and is more likely to hold the interest of reluctant readers than nonfiction titles on this topic.” —School Library Journal