This is the story of six teenagers, each struggling with problems and needing somewhere to escape. At some point or another, they all end up at Keesha's house, a house actually belonging to Joe, but has the house open to anyone who just needs a place to stay while working out their problems.
Whether it be teen pregnancy, alcohol abuse, being kicked out, or abusive parents (among others) Keesha's house is a safe zone for all as they help themselves and help each other.
The story is told in short narrative poems with each character speaking its voice, but it reads like a novel.
What I Thought: What a superb work!! Don't let the poetry scare you away from this work, it seriously reads like a novel.
Frost does a great job letting the readers feel the characters' emotions and pulling you into their lives. I highly recommend this novel.
This book is a 2004 Printz Honor Book as well as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
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