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NOT-SO-SIMPLE-LIFE
by Melody Carlson

Genre: Inspirational, Young Adult

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Carlson takes a realistic look at the obstacles many teens endure growing up in dysfunctional families. This story showcases the resiliency, determination and strength of Maya's character.

Maya Stark wants to be
emancipated from her parents because
her mother is a drug addict and her father is too busy with his career to raise his daughter. She gets a job to save up
for the emancipation process.

When Maya's mother steals her savings and gets arrested for cocaine possession, it seems that Maya's dreams will never come true. Will she ever find the peace and normalcy she seeks? (MULTNOMAH, Jul., 256 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed By: Chandra McNeil

Publisher: Multnomah

Published: July 2008

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