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"What I Carry" tells the story of Muiriel, so named for the John Muir Medical Center that nurses found her abandoned outside of as a baby. Now 17 and rapidly approaching her departure from the foster care system, Muir is getting a little panicked. For as long as she can remember, she's been preparing to strike out on her own. Every move has been carefully orchestrated to NOT rock the boat. Pack light, don't get too close to anyone, always be on time, blend in. She holds to th
Michigan, I'd be on your team any day. This contemporary novel follows Michigan Manning, a dedicated hockey player and high school junior. When the school cuts the girl's hockey team due to lack of funds, Michigan is left with only two options: give up hockey, or try out for the boy's team. There's no way she's giving up hockey. If Michigan is anything, she is not a quitter. Even though she is a skilled player who out-skates quite a few of the guys, the coach and her teammate
To be totally honest, I only picked this one up because it was getting so much attention. But wow...I'm glad I did. Here are the main things I liked about it: 1) imperfect main character working to find her truth 2) vibrant and intriguing cast of secondary characters 3) phenomenal use of language & metaphor 4) unexpected plot twists 5) a sensitive approach to mental health issues 6) a conclusion full of hope If any or all of those reasons seem appealing to you, then The Last